DEC 10, 2021 (Modern Farmer) by Kathleen Wong
Hawai'i ‘Ulu Cooperative is investing in the nutritious indigenous crop as one way to address the islands’ broken food system.
With about 3,850 kilometers to the nearest continent, Hawaii is one of the most isolated island chains in the world. When it comes to feeding its 1.41 million residents, the state spends up to $3 billion a year to import as much as 90 percent of its food. Studies show that the issue isn’t a lack of agricultural land, but rather the fact that the islands grow way more exported commodities, such as coffee, and not enough food to feed the local population. As a result, essential groceries are costly—we’re talking $9 for a loaf of bread—contributing to one in nine people in Hawaii experiencing food insecurity.
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