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March 7, 2013

Think About It: Food For Thought

I was fortunate enough to moderate a lively panel discussion last week at a business professionals' luncheon that featured three Big Island food providers- a lobster farmer, a restaurant purveyor, and a cattle rancher. These passionate, veteran, local entrepreneurs talked about what it takes to get from "farm to table", as the expression goes. With the costs of doing business in Hawaii a drag on many companies, with drought conditions in effect for years, and with government red tape and requirements sometimes in the way, it really should not be a wonder that often times locally-grown or raised food products cost more than their mainland counterparts. 

But if you think for a moment about whether or not to buy local first, and price is your major objection, as an example, you can overcome that by perhaps eating a bit less if you buy local beef from time to time. And the argument about grass fed vs. corn fed is not necessarily about better or worse, it's about different; it's about choice. It's just different. While star-bought, canned cheese spread is different on a cracker than a sublime, aged cheddar, some people really do prefer Cheese Whiz.

And one thing that's rational about the subjective nature of food or art or clothing choices- to each his own. When we support local providers and local restaurants and retailers who rely on local resources, it's the wonderful circle of life as we help to sustain and perhaps help local business ventures to grow through our individual choices. Over 20-years ago, we ran a TV campaign called "Buy Hawaii First". It merely suggested that when you have the choice, when the quality and price makes sense, support your neighbors. The same holds true today. Think about it…

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