Smoke is price to bear for green fields of cane

As a permaculture designer I find myself in agreement with the June 23 Viewpoint representing Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.’s point of view.

In the early 1990s, the company followed up on my contact with the Australian who had success with the green chop practice. The HC&S representative went to some trouble to let me know why it wouldn’t work on Maui.

Sugar is a sustainable crop – it requires low inputs, gives us green open space, and sugar is not genetically modified. Can anyone come up with a better crop? Would you prefer GMO beet sugar in your coffee?

We don’t like the smoke. We don’t like the vog, either. The smoke lasts a little while – that’s the price we bear. The green fields of cane rippling in the sunshine are the compensation.

Marian Scott