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Food and Power in Hawai'iVisions of Food Democracy$
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Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824858537

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824858537.001.0001

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Food Security in Hawai‘i

Food Security in Hawai‘i

(p.36) 2 Food Security in Hawai‘i
Food and Power in Hawai'i

George Kent

University of Hawai'i Press

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

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