April 9, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carroll talks about rat lungworm disease transmitted by slugs. Recently, there has been an increase of cases on the Big Island and Maui, caused by minute slugs and slime on raw leafy vegetables. Residents of O'okala say there has been a big increase of slugs in their area and believe the increase may have been caused by runoff from the Big Island Dairy after rainstorms. The dairy is upslope from the town of O'okala. We have just learned about the death of an O'okala resident that may have been caused by rat lungworm disease. However, the Department of Health has not notified or educated residents about the health risk posed by the slugs. Linda Midallia, a resident of O'okala, talks about the hundreds of slugs she finds on her property after it rains. She
also talks about the strong smell of cow manure coming from the dairy, even though the dairy told them there would not be a smell because they are recycling the manure. Carroll wonders why the Hawaii Department of Health and Department of Agriculture are not doing more about the problem. The State Legislature also has agriculture committees that should be involved in solving this problem.
The second hour Carroll talks about privatizing government jobs and agencies. For example, he talks about the Agricultural Development Corporation, a quasi-state agency created by the state government. The agency acquires and develops land, then rents it out for agriculture. Thus, the public owns the land and is responsible for it. But,
it appears oversight is lacking. Carroll notes the Big Island Dairy is leasing state-owned land. Scott Enright, the head of the Department of Agriculture, is an O'okala resident, but, as head of Agriculture, is also the landlord of the property. The state makes money by leasing the land to the dairy. Carroll continues with a discussion about several other government problems he has researched in the past, saying to resolve problems, "It only boils
down to, if they can get your money."
Wash your veggies!
Link here to an article in the Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health regarding "A Severe Case of Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawaii".
Carroll has been discussing the Big Island Dairy for the past three weeks. He has also discussed the proposed industrial dairy to be built on Kauai many times in the past. See our PODCAST LIST to find past shows.
Carroll's video of part one of the March 14, 2017, O'okala community meeting with the Big Island Dairy is currently playing on Carroll's Olelo show, Channel 54, this month. The video includes comments by Bridget Hammerquist, president of Friends of Maha'ulepu, and Brad Duff, manager of the Big Island Dairy. The second part of the meeting, including
comments by state and county agencies, and the community's questions and comments, will play next month.
Visit www.friendsofmahaulepu.org for more information about the proposed dairy for Kauai, including links to the two videos of the March 14 community meeting.
Carroll also attended a second community meeting in O'okala on March 28, 2017, regarding the dairy's impact on the community. (Listen
to the 3/28 meeting here).
Carroll announces he will be doing a new weekly show, Eyes on Hawaii, on Thinktech Hawaii. The show will stream live every week, starting on Tuesday, April 11, at 12 noon. For live streams and replay visit their website www.thinktechhawaii.com
The Big Island Dairy
Slugging it out on the Big Island