Dianne and I went to hear Jeff Melrose speak about the food self-sufficiency study he did for Hawai'i County. The data were stunning.
Only 4% of the available crop land is actually planted. Of that, 50% is Macadamia nuts.
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I was amazed to learn that farming on the Hamakua coast (Honoka`a to Hilo) was so sparse. See the little dots of red on this blow-up of the previous graph. We have so much land, formerly planted in sugar cane. Why haven't other crops come in?
Graphs and figures are interesting, but show me the food. Waimea strawberries are famous across the state, and fun to buy at road-side stands.
Illustration taken from Hawaii County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline 2012 Study by Jeff Melrose
Illustrations taken from Hawaii County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline 2012 Study by Jeff Melrose
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