Land Limits Hawaii's Quest For Food, Energy Independence05/21/2010
Sustainability and self-sufficiency have become popular buzzwords in Hawaii.
But what would it take for the state to become self sufficient on the food and energy front? Do we have enough land to feed ourselves and replace the fossil fuel that powers everything from our air conditioners to the jets that connect us with the rest of the world?
While this might seem like an impossible question to answer, it's at least worth pondering for a very simple reason: The state is constantly being asked to reclassify farmland to clear the way for growth into agricultural areas. Yet those areas could be essential for growing food and energy crops necessary for self sufficiency.