The Hawaiian Islands are a global biodiversity hotspot, and home to cultural framework for food production that once fed close to a million people with no imports. Yet, for over a century, plantation and industrial agriculture in Hawai‘i has threatened endangered and endemic wildlife, natural resources, public health, and the cultural practices and customary rights of indigenous people.
In recent years, the fight to strengthen state pesticide regulations, protect native species, and preserve the cultural access rights of Native Hawaiians has thrown the future of the industrial agricultural model into question. Now, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to look back at a food system that once sustained HawaiÊ»i’s people and use this wisdom to guide us into the next century.
Which food future would you choose and how do you go about building it?