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Ka‘ana Mana‘o: Cultivating sustainable agriculture through food innovation

April 28, 2013
By CLYDE SAKAMOTO , for The Maui News

What's on your table for dinner, and where did it come from? Chances are much of it was shipped from somewhere else. In fact, the state of Hawaii currently imports about 85-90 percent of its food according to Hawaii's Office of Planning, which developed a series of three reports with the state Department of Agriculture, "Increased Food Security and Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy." Importing food increases our risk for disruptions should there be a natural disaster or other event that interrupts food shipments to Maui County. At the same time, local farmers find it increasingly challenging to make a profit or even stay in business.



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