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Food & Drink Digital

June 12, 2012 13:34 ET

Hawaiian Farmers Face Agricultural Challenges in Food & Drink Digital

Food & Drink Digital's May 2012 Issue Looks Into the State of Agriculture in Hawaii as It Attempts to Keep Up With Industrial Farming

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 12, 2012) - Hawaii's economy heavily depends on the success of their agriculture. Raw sugar, pineapple, and molasses are the state's primary source of income outside of tourism. However, the recent boom of corporate farming has threatened the livelihood of smaller, local farms. Coupled with the daunting downslide of the economic collapse, native Hawaiian farmers -- with crippled means -- are competing for vital market space against massive corporations with mega budgets.

In a roundtable discussion with Hawaiian Business Magazine, Dean Okimoto, Naio Farms owner, and former Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation president Dean Okimoto explained the types of hurdles that native farmers currently face to compete with factory farms on the mainland: "I talked with some people about bringing back chickens [to Hawaii]. Just for the processing facility you're looking at $30 million and you need an FDA inspector in there at all times," said Okimoto. "That's what makes the system not work for small farmers. Corporate farmers are the only ones that can afford this infrastructure. And that's what we lack here in Hawaii. Agriculture is going to need that help going forward."

To find out more about the challenges facing the Hawaiian agriculture industry, read the full article in the May 2012 edition of Food & Drink Digital: http://www.foodanddrinkdigital.com/

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