Continuing Neglect of Soil Threatens Productive Agriculture Lands in Hawai`i

Continuing Neglect of Soil Threatens Productive Agriculture Lands in Hawai`i

“In most of the sugar lands the topsoil is gone, the nutrients are gone, and the soil life is gone,” says Burt Smith, a soil scientist based in Waimea, Hawai`i, who has studied the impacts of Hawai`i agriculture on soils for some 20 years. “In some areas below the fields, there are rich accumulations of soil, but in most areas, it is on the ocean bottom.”

The degree of loss “borders on the criminal,” Smith said in a recent interview with Environment Hawai`i.

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