Environmental Externalities in Hawaii Agriculture: Potential Remedies and Trade-Offs

Prahlad Kasturi
Donald E. Agthe

DOI: 10.2190/D61T-HJTP-VB0C-8J8U


Hawaii agriculture is considerably different from that of the Mainland of the United States in terms of its principal crops, production practices, and ecology. This article outlines the environmental problems faced in that state pertaining to irrigation practices, agricultural chemical use, soil erosion and compaction, and air pollution. It examines potential solutions to these problems. Emphasized in the policy considerations are the constraints posed by the island location, the international agribusiness nature of the largest producers, and the need for such national programs as the soil conservation program to specialize programs to accommodate Hawaii agriculture.

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