I think the process of cane burning is a blight on what is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
I am a new Maui resident and love and respect this beautiful island, the Hawaiian culture and the agricultural history. I do think the sugar cane crop is vital to the economy and to the environment, and should continue to be a vital part of what makes Maui so special.
With that said, there has to be a better way to harvest without burning. Whatever happened to the biofuel research and green harvesting? I'm sure profit is the primary driver, but after reading an April 11, 2010, article in The Maui News, what's the update on the biofuel research project?