Agriculture In Hawaii

In recent decades, Hawaii has started the difficult transition from a mono-crop culture that put heavy emphasis on exports like pineapple and sugarcane to diversified agriculture that encourages farmers to grow, among other things, fruits and vegetables for local consumption. Nearly 2 million acres of land in Hawaii, or half the state, are classified as agricultural. Those lands provide some of the open, rural spaces that give the islands their unique character.

Seed crops — primarily seed corn — have become Hawaii's most valuable agricultural product in recent years, despite goals of food self-sufficiency and energy independence that require locally-grown plants.

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