Richard Ha writes:
I talk about Food Security as depending on farmers farming. And how many times I have written here: “If the farmer makes money, the farmer going farm.”
In her blog Ehulepo, Michelle Galimba of Kuahiwi Ranch in Ka‘u discusses Food Security in a stark, and different, way:
We are frustrated that we are preyed upon by our own society. That none of our businesses quite "pencil out." That we bear the burden of a system that has evolved into nonsense, ignorance, and frivolity. These are bitter words and it pains me to say them. But they are true, I think….
Read more of her interesting and thought-provoking blog post Where To Begin? here.
So what happens if the farmers no make money? Or if the next generation does not want to farm?
My son-in-law Kimo, who is the farm manager at Hamakua Springs, called me from Waimea this morning. He said, “Did you know that the large vegetable farm on the way to Waimea is no longer in production? A subdivision is going in.”
I thought, “It’s sad to see. But I am very happy for them and I do not fault the farmer in any way!”
Read Michelle’s post and then let us know what you think.