Letter for Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hawaii should focus on agriculture

Considering the overthrow is responsible for destroying Hawaii’s agrarian society, it is appropriate to redeem rural/agriculture land, build the necessary infrastructure, and provide resources to restore agricultural industries.

Doing this right thing promotes food security. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states: “To put the demand of food into perspective, we are going to have to double our production between now and 2050.”

Consider replacing military revenues with agricultural economics, allocating Department of Defense funding for food security. Hawaii’s ideal conditions make it a logical choice for growing food. The majority of Hawaii’s agricultural land is controlled by a few entities making the procurement process easier.

Violating fundamental principles of democracy, the 1993 “Apology” Public Law 103-150 admits guilt regarding Hawaii’s lands without providing restitution or compensation.

Using military funds to procure agriculture land and restore Hawaii’s farming communities is a step in the right direction. Plantation closures and fallow land afford perfect opportunities for defense dollars spent on food security while making some amends.

With today’s technology, Hawaii’s excessive military is unnecessary. Transition the military housing for agricultural employees. Modify facilities for food processing and distribution. Transform welfare recipients into a taxpaying workforce. Displaced loved ones could return to live and work in Hawaii. Investing in a stable environment with appropriate infrastructure and reliable workforce encourages private enterprises.

Food security and doing justice is within our purview. Bible prophets Micah and Isaiah inspired the Russian statue gifted to the United Nations: “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares” can come to fruition.

Michele Lincoln, Lahaina

  1. Ken Conklin December 21, 2017 4:46 am Reply

    This letter to editor starts with an absurdity and goes downhill from there. I never knew that “the overthrow is responsible for destroying Hawaii’s agrarian society.” A revolution led by an armed militia of local men overthrew the monarchial form of government and replaced it with a republic. There were only 5 people who lost their jobs — the Queen and her four cabinet ministers. All the farmers kept their lands and kept right on growing whatever they were growing before.

  2. andy December 21, 2017 1:54 pm Reply

    Ken Conklin- “All the farmers kept their lands…” Is that a serious statement?

  3. manongindashadow December 21, 2017 4:38 pm Reply

    Ms. Lincoln, “you are a joy of false news!”

  4. RG DeSoto December 22, 2017 8:03 am Reply

    Ever heard of comparative advantage? I didn’t think so!
    RG DeSoto

  5. Steve Martin December 22, 2017 6:36 pm Reply

    Speaking of our current west side agriculture lands. I think that we should get rid of the seed companies before the land is ruined forever. With thousands of gallons a year being sprayed and all the possible problems it brings to the local residents. What should happen next is plant all the fields with hemp. No more pesticides, no side effects to anyone, and a huge boost to our economy.

  6. Aunty Pono December 27, 2017 7:23 am Reply

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture states: “To put the demand of food into perspective, we are going to have to double our production between now and 2050.”

    If the Department of Agriculture “speaks” of increasing agriculture, WHY did this agricultural entity recently invest $60 million dollars into Kauai’s KIUC electric “Smart Grid” expansion and upgrade?


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