Promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Self-Sufficiency & Healthy Food Choices

In Hawai‘i, we import more than 85 percent of the food we eat.  At the same time, the average age of a farmer in Hawai‘i is almost 56 years old.  Our agriculture industry is at a crossroads; if we truly want to grow more of what we eat, we must encourage the consumption of locally-grown produce, empower our local farmers who are growing food, and cultivate a new generation of farmers to choose agriculture as a profession. The growth of farmers’ markets and school gardens are a step in the right direction.  We must continue to work toward food security in Hawai‘i and a revitalization of our rural areas. 

Advocating for Transparent Food Policy/GMO Labeling
Fighting for sensible, transparent food policy has been among Tulsi's key priorities in Congress. She has pushed for transparent, easy-to-read labeling of foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients so that people can make their own informed decisions about their food. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration requires the labeling of more than 3,000 ingredients, but it has resisted labeling for genetically engineered foods. Tulsi fought against legislation like the DARK Act and other misleading bills that compromise food transparency. She is continuing to work to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (H.R. 1699), which would simply empower consumers to make informed choices by requiring genetically-engineered whole and processed foods to be clearly labeled.

“I’ve pushed  for transparent, easy-to-read labeling of foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients so that people can make their own informed decisions about their food.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard 

Protecting Against Invasive Species 
In Hawaiʻi, invasive species like the coffee berry borer, fire ant, fruit flies, and macadamia felted coccid and others cost our local farmers and agriculture industry millions in lost revenue every year, threaten our unique ecosystem, agriculture and waterways, as well as our food supply and public health. Tulsi has introduced the Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) Act and Macadamia Tree Health Initiative to support long-term and sustainable solutions to fight invasive species in Hawaiʻi and across the country. AIPMs have a long history of success in Hawaiʻi. They have helped to increase the number of commercial farms and also help local farmers increase their crop diversity, decrease their use of harmful pesticides, and manage pests in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

More on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Self-Sufficiency & Healthy Food Choices

September 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation, announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $1.6 million in federal funding to MA‘O Organic Farm in Wai‘anae to fund the construction of a new building to house agricultural produce processing and a farmer training facility. The new facility is expected to create 200 jobs in Hawai‘i.

 

September 18, 2017 Press Release

"Expanding access to fresh, nutritious food is crucial to improve health outcomes across #Hawaii and the nation. However, the 44 million Americans, including 19 million children, who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs often find fresh fruits and vegetables too costly or inaccessible.

September 3, 2017 Press Release

Aloha,

This afternoon, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined leaders and members of Hawaiʻi’s Muslim community from across the state, wishing them a warm Eid Mubarak during their annual celebration at McCoy Pavilion. 

August 4, 2017 Press Release

Honolulu, HI–As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) develops final rules on GMO-labeling requirements over the next year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and fellow lawmakers called on Secretary Perdue to ensure labeling standards are consumer-friendly, fair, and transparent.
 

July 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Hawaii Congressional Delegation applauded the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a petition that certifies that eating macadamia nuts can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease under certain circumstances.

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