SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE’S PAST • Upon the Hawaiian first arrival, till the introduction of foreigners in the 1930s Hawaiians were 100% food self-sufficient. •In Kohala they were able to provide food for about 30,000 people. •The Hawaiians would rely on the Ahupua’a system •Where people would trade there food with everyone from the low land beaches(makai) to the high mountain altitudes(mauka).
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE TODAY • Kohala’s population today is at about 6,000 people. •The whole island imports about 85% of our food. • 57% of Hawaii’s population is overweight and obese. • This percentage can be linked to our lack in fresh, sustainably grown, and nutrient rich foods. •About 80% of the land in Kohala is zoned for agricultural use. •The CDP(Community Development Program) main concern is the misuse of this land
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURES FUTURE? • The North Kohala CDP States: •Strategy 1.4: Promote and Support a Community of Diversified Agriculture. •Goal: For the Kohala Community to produce 50% of the food it consumes.
THE BENEFITS• A Reliable, Affordable and Safe Food Source • We wont have to ever think “if the ship stops coming.”•Healthier Population and a Healthier Community • We will increase the affordability and availabilty of fresh, local, sustainably grown, nutrient rich food which is healthier for the community.
THE BENEFITSIN RELATION TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS • More Food = More Farmers •In order for todays youth to want to start a new agricultural business in the community, they must see that it can create profit. • Support local famers and local businesses, this will keep more money in the local economy. •Strong Families and Community • Strong agricultural community will have string relationships between growers, consumers, and business to businesses.