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Food Security in Hawai‘i

George Kent

in Food and Power in Hawai'i

Published by University of Hawai'i Press

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780824858537
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780824873042
Food Security in Hawai‘i

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This chapter challenges the uncritical pursuit of food self-sufficiency that has been rationalized as increasing the state’s preparedness against shipping disruption. It argues that this effort might increase food’s cost, and reiterates the point that local food is not necessarily fair as low-income consumers could be sidelined in the push for food localization. In contrast to the enthusiasm for promoting agriculture and local food production in the state, relatively little has been done in addressing food insecurity of the poor, especially by the state government. Food democracy needs to consider food security for all—particularly the poor and the marginalized.

Keywords: policy; food insecurity; food prices; supply disruption; localization; poverty

Chapter.  6551 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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