HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-Hawaii's food security is the focus of "Chefs & Farmers Facing Future," a forum presented by Leeward Community College (LCC) Culinary Arts Program. It's designed for people on the frontline of Hawaii's food security dilemma: chefs, culinary students, farmers, ranchers and other food industry professionals. They will gather 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Friday, April 15 for sessions that delve into topics ranging from Hawaii Regional Cuisine to protein security with discussions on aquaculture and Hawaii's beef industry.
Hawaii is the most geographically isolated community and heavily dependent on imported food and fuel. Roughly 85% of the food consumed in the island state is imported, which makes Hawaii highly vulnerable in times of crisis. The tragedy in Japan and rising cost of oil is a wake up call for Hawaii to take serious steps toward becoming more food self-sufficient. Check out the video!