This important documentary film ĀINA: That Which Feeds Us -ĀINA means “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language, by Living Ancestors, highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kaua’i -and of island Earth. ĀINA vividly illustrates the power of agriculture and food for people and the planet.
The global story of ĀINA is told from the little Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, where two of the most extreme versions of agriculture on Earth are represented. On one side, is a traditional ecological system that has allowed Hawaiians to live in abundance for over a thousand years. On the other side, four of the world’s largest agro-chemical companies use the island to spray an estimated ten tons of pesticides every year on genetically modified test crops, poisoning the fragile island environment, local community, and ultimately the consumers of products made from this industrial model.
The immense impacts of industrial agriculture have become inescapable. With increasing awareness and demand for healthy and sustainable food entering the mainstream, we are at a tipping point in consumer culture that will significantly and positively change our world. It is the filmmaker’s hope that ĀINA is part of the momentum that will tip the scale and inspire change, in the same way the people of Kaua’i inspire us to feel the power of Aloha. If we are inspired with a sense of love for this world we will care for it, from our own well-being, to the health of society and the biosphere.