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Island Earth Documentary on Sustainable Farmers in Hawaii

Island Earth, a 63-minute documentary-style film by Cyrus Sutton, tells the tale of indigenous scientist Cliff Kapono and his struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland of Hawaii. His complex journey through the inner workings of GMO chemical companies and traditional Hawaiian elders reveals ancient values that can likely save our future.

How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?

Island Earth brings this question to life by taking us to Hawaii, “ground zero” for GMOs where all of our modern-day food issues collide in sharp relief. Less than two centuries ago, native Hawaiians fed their population through some of the most historically sustainable agricultural practices ever documented. Yet modern-day Hawaii now imports 80-90% of its food supply from elsewhere in the world, due to a complex web of public policy and private interests. Within two generations, the Hawaiians have become the “canaries in the coal mine” for GMO farming.

Island Earth Documentary on Sustainable Farmers in Hawaii
Island Earth Documentary on Sustainable Farmers in Hawaii

This film captures our moment in time, where two separate paths are being forged at once: one that builds upon the past in the name of progress, and the other that rejects the past in the name of progress.


Island Earth will begin touring the West Coast on April 6th in Encinitas, Ca. For a complete list of upcoming screenings, click here.