FACT CHECK — Caldwell: Growing Local Costs More

Kimberly Lee

Eating local is in vogue. There are farmers markets every day of the week in different parts of Oahu.

But it's actually more expensive to grow food locally than to import it from California, according to Honolulu mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell.

During a wide-ranging interview published on Feb. 29 in Hawaii Pacific University's Kalamalama newspaper, Caldwell answered a question from HPU students about food independence.

"Right now it costs more to grow here than to import in from California," he said. "They do a better job at it, they’re more efficient, and they have the systems in place."

Is Caldwell's statement correct?

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