Hawaii Farming’s Uncertain Future
Posted On: January 26, 2018
Hawaii’s farmers can’t catch a break.
Rat lungworm has accelerated difficult changes in local farming. One local leader predicts a quarter of Hawaii’s produce farms will be out of business in a few years.
They are already battered by high land and energy costs, intense competition from Mainland imports and their own advancing age. Now there’s another threat to their survival: rat lungworm, a disease that arrived in the state more than 50 years ago, has roared to new life. [Keep reading]