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Farmland becoming food vs. fuel battleground

  • COURTESY WREN WESCOATT
                                Sheep graze on a solar farm developed on farmland with good soil productivity in Waipio.

    COURTESY WREN WESCOATT

    Sheep graze on a solar farm developed on farmland with good soil productivity in Waipio.

  • COURTESY LARRY JEFTS 
                                Larry Jefts, who farms bananas, bell peppers and tomatoes, received a letter saying he had to quit growing some of his crops in advance of work on Hanwha Energy Holdings Corp.’s Ho‘ohana Solar project, which is not yet permitted. Above, Jefts’ farmland that is normally used for growing tomatoes.

    COURTESY LARRY JEFTS

    Larry Jefts, who farms bananas, bell peppers and tomatoes, received a letter saying he had to quit growing some of his crops in advance of work on Hanwha Energy Holdings Corp.’s Ho‘ohana Solar project, which is not yet permitted. Above, Jefts’ farmland that is normally used for growing tomatoes.

Tomatoes can’t power your house, while solar energy can’t feed your family. Yet both are vying for highly fertile farmland in Hawaii. Read more

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