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Can Hawaii Attain Food Security?
LWV and KITV Present Election Debate (Pearl Johnson)
Big Island Public Finance Campaign Trial (Beppie Shapiro)
Public Access Room: 20 Years of Great Service (JoAnn Maruoka)
Jean Aoki Addresses Hawaii County Meeting (Helen Hemmes)
Happy 90th Anniversary (Piilani Kaopuiki)
LWV-HI Banner Ad: 'Vote Openly on HB 444' (JoAnn Maruoka)
Forum on Supreme Court decision on Campaign Finance (JoAnn Maruoka)
Lessons Learned from Vote Count (Sue Irvine)
The 2010 Legislative Session (JoAnn Maruoka)
Big Island Report (Helen Hemmes)
We're Cleaning Out
Healthcare Bill (Joy Marshall)
Honolulu League Welcomes New Members
Weekly Obtains Rail Final EIS (Pearl Johnson)
Allow citizens to register and vote on same day (Les Ihara)
League Supports Governor's Rail Review (Charles Carole)
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Can Hawaii Attain Food Security?

Can a Food Policy Council help Hawaii to attain food self-sufficiency?

Currently the state Land Use Commission is considering two proposals to put thousands of homes on lands currently used by Aloun Farms to grow food. While privately owned, these lands are among the best agricultural lands in Hawaii.

Ho’opili development would put 12,000 homes in Ewa on land which is rated as A and B, on a scale from A to E for soils. It is all prime agricultural land, close to population centers and transportation. The development would take from food production low-lying land that gets plentiful sun and drains well.

Castle & Cooke’s plan for Koa Ridge is to put 3500 homes on prime agricultural land. While the developer says it would offer equally fertile land to Aloun Farms, paving over hundreds of acres of easily accessible fertile land would forever make that land unavailable for growing food.

LWV-Honolulu’s planning committee has held a series of meetings to persuade the State to lease state-owned agricultural land to small farmers to grow food for schools.

At the committee’s last meeting, an FPC was proposed as a way to accomplish its goal. Food Policy Councils (FPC) began as a way to address the food system as a whole, often bringing the weight of local, county or state government behind grassroots initiatives. The first FPC started in 1982 and have since been established across the country.

A Food Policy Council consists of a group of representatives and stakeholders from many sectors of the food system. The councils include participants representing all five sectors of the food system (production, consumption, processing, distribution and waste recycling).

The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 27 at 10:30 am in the League office. Everyone interested in any aspect of this project is welcome.

Pearl Johnson

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