Growing sugarcane removes carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere while producing large amounts of oxygen.
Use of agricultural chemicals at HC&S is also minimized. Rather than using insecticides to control plant pests, we use natural predators, or ‘bugs eating bugs’. And for disease control, many diseases that have threatened sugarcane production on Maui have been treated ‘naturally’– reduced or eliminated over time through the development of resistant sugarcane varieties.
Only government-approved herbicides are used to control weeds, and they are only applied during the first six months of the 24-month growing cycle, until the cane plants grow tall enough to shade the growth of competing weeds. By the time the crop is harvested, herbicide residues have naturally broken down, and are negligible or non-existent.