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The Inertia

In this day and age, it can be very easy to forget where our food really comes from. Before it hits the shelves in the grocery store, it has often untaken a serious journey. In Hawaii, nearly 90 percent of the food is imported—which means, of course, that if that supply chain is interrupted, there’s a finite amount of food sitting around for the grocery stores. According to National Geographic, there is generally only 10 days worth of food for Hawaii at any given time. But there are some people who wouldn’t even notice if the grocery store shelves were empty because they don’t need to rely on them. This is the story of a group of people who live almost exclusively off the land. “Obviously there are easier ways to get good,” says Kimi Werner, a world champion spearfisher and free diver, “but when you put that work in yourself, it makes you appreciate it that much more. I know that I’m sourcing it responsibly, and it’s evidence that I can take care of myself.”

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