UH launches initiative to advance local food production

May 15, 2023 (Star Advertiser) With 87% of its food imported to the islands, Hawaiʻfaces the likelihood of becoming increasingly vulnerable to shortages and rising prices as climate change plays havoc with agriculture on the mainland and elsewhere.

Now the University of Hawaiʻi is launching a project that aims to lessen the islands’ reliance on imported food by identifying the best ways to grow and distribute food locally using a combination of traditional island knowledge and modern science.


Franklin said he expects breadfruit, or ulu, to be an early focus of CliRFIN. An important staple crop in the Pacific for more than 3,000 years, breadfruit declined in popularity in Hawaii by the 20th century with a shift toward cheap, imported starches, growing urbanization and changing lifestyles.

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