Maui No Ka Oi

Title translation:   Maui – there’s none better.

If today’s Vogue article, Farm Hopping in Maui  is any indication, Island Farm Tours and Ecological Farming are going mainstream.

I’m proud to live here because deep caring for the land and sea and future generations is embedded in the true politics of Hawai’i.  Because of Aloha, Hawai’i voted overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders in the primaries. And here on Maui, we are now witnessing the historic unity fo farmers and regular citizens (eaters) to oppose local GMO research production fields, to create county-wide goals for food sustainability targets, and to establish structures such as co-ops to support land based learning and local food production and distribution systems.

It’s worth celebrating the new unified vision that is formulating at the county level to protect the Aina and make new opportunities for growing food and affordable living.  Like a rising wave, the movement is achieving critical mass, led by the SHAKA Movement, HFUU, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Go Green, among others.

Unlike my early days in California, when I was working in the Central Valley fields to cultivate critical benchmarks for insect ecology research and everything always seemed to get co-opted by the rich chemical companies; there is now a more nuanced understanding of the science of soil and IPM (Integrated Pest Management).  Farmers and consumers are collectively pushing back against the ‘chemical treadmill’.  Sufficient numbers of farmers – young and old- with knowledge of AgroecologyPermaculture, IPM and otherwise regenerative practices are finally gaining political traction.  One hopes to see the tide of history turning, and sustainable practices becoming the norm, at least here in the Aloha State.

Despite efforts to destroy them, the independent insectaries that support true IPM still exist.  They support commercial level applications as well as home gardeners.  Rincon-Vitova is one of the great historic insectaries which continues to move the field of biological pest control forward.

This segue on IPM aside, I just have to applaud how Maui County leaders are recognizing the ecological challenges and acknowledging citizen calls to envision and achieve food self sufficiency for Maui, Lana’i and Moloka’i.  Yeah!

I intend to continue supporting and reporting on Maui’s regenerative agriculture movement, and making it more worthwhile to visit this blog. 

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