In memory of Bill Mollison, the co-founder of Permaculture, here is a short excerpt from Abundant Land, where Bill is introduced as someone who was impressed and inspired by the Hawaiian Ahupua'a system.
A common occurrence near the commercial agricultural fields.
Ahupua'a - Rendition of the ancient Hawaiian land management system; integrating taro farming and the raising of fish throughout the terraces and into the fishpond. Drawing by Laurie Sumiye.
"It's unconscionable that pesticides are being found in the hair and bodies of our children. State and federal officials have a responsibility to ban chlorpyrifos and make sure our children are protected in our homes and schools from these hazardous chemicals,"said a mother of a Hawaiian girl tested [for pesticide exposure]. http://www.panna.org/…/television-show-and-body-testing-con…
"The Center’s report found that agrichemical giants taking advantage of Hawaii’s extended growing season spray 17 times more pesticides on fields on the island of Kauai than on cornfields on the U.S. mainland."