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Importing Food is Damaging the Caribbean- Why No Action

Why No Action?It is shameful that golden opportunities to produce more food in the Caribbean and significantly reduce the astronomically high annual food import bill of US$4.75 billion are being woefully neglected.  If this misguided trend continues, the economies of many of the countries of the region will be increasingly imperilled. 

At a time of very low or no economic growth, extremely high ratios of debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and declining foreign exchange earnings in many of the 14 independent nations that comprise the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the majority of them continue to spend huge sums on buying food outside the Caribbean.  

In 2013, only four countries were exceptions to those with unsustainably high debt to GDP ratios. They were: Haiti 21.3%, Suriname 29.2%, Trinidad and Tobago 30.6%, and Bahamas 56.3%.  Of the others, Jamaica 138.9 %, Grenada 115%, St Kitts-Nevis 104.9% and Antigua and Barbuda 92.9% have the highest debt-to-GDP ratio.  At the lower end of the unsustainable high debt-to-GDP ratio are Guyana 63.9%, Dominica 74.95, Belize 75.5%, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 76.4% (source IMF and World Bank).   It should be noted that in the case of Haiti, while its debt-to-GDP ratio is low, it has the highest rate of poverty at 77% of its population.  Other countries with high levels of poverty are: Belize 41.3%, Grenada 37.7%, Guyana 36.1%, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 30.2%. 

These figures alone should be strong reasons for CARICOM governments to swiftly involve the private sector and financial institutions in acting to reduce the enormous food import bill. Experts have sounded alarms repeatedly that failure to deal with the issue is harming Caribbean economies and increasing their vulnerability to prices and supply from external providers. 


Jamaica is the largest importer of agricultural products from outside the region at 21% or US$997.5 million of the total regional import bill.  Trinidad and Tobago is the second largest importer accounting for 20% or US$950 million, and Haiti is third at 19% or US$902.5 million.    In part, the size of the food import bill for these three countries is explained by the relatively large size of their populations in relation to the other countries.  Haiti has 10.2 million people, Jamaica 2.7 million and Trinidad and Tobago 1.3 million.  The reason Haiti ranks behind Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago is its very low per capita income of US$760 in 2013 - seven times lower than Jamaica’s and 19 times lower than Trinidad and Tobago’s. 

But, while these three countries are the largest importers in total volume, they are not the biggest food importers on a per-head-of-population basis.  Antigua and Barbuda leads the table in 2013 at US$1,170 followed by Barbados at US$1,126, Bahamas at US$1,106 and St Lucia at US$969. On this per capita basis, Trinidad and Tobago is sixth, Jamaica twelfth and Haiti fourteenth.  These figures demonstrate the pervasiveness of the problem across the region.

A review of the prevalence of undernourishment in CARICOM is revealing.  For instance, in Barbados, people are over-fed on inappropriate foods to the extent that, in the measurement of people in their 30s, Barbadians now rank as No. 1 in the Caribbean of persons who are overweight or obese.  Trinidad and Tobago is second, Dominica third, Jamaica fourth and St Lucia fifth. Much of this is due to the importation of processed food (now well over US$2.5 billion) that include homogenised composite food preparations; yeast and baking powders; stuffed pasta and fast foods.  

Overweight and an increasing reliance on processed foods have contributed to medical problems such as diabetes and heart conditions.  This means that the high cost of medical treatment for people, as a consequence of poor diet, has to be added to the US$4.75 billion annual food import bill with harsh effects on their economies.

It should be clear that CARICOM countries are doing themselves no favour by continuing the ill-advised policy of importing large quantities of food that could be produced within the region with contributions being made by all countries.  Indeed, should governments of the region implement the food, nutrition and agriculture plans that they have drawn-up, not only would massive sums of foreign exchange be saved, but agriculture would make a significant contribution to GDP and economic growth and create tens of thousands of jobs across the region. 

The failure to implement these plans at a time of very difficult economic circumstances is not only poor economic and financial planning and implementation, it is downright senseless – particularly as the countries could individually and collectively reduce their import bills by at least 30%, redirecting their foreign exchange for spending on job-creating and sustainable projects, and thus reducing poverty and improving health standards.

What are some of the solutions? Studies conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that CARICOM countries could increase their production of cassava, other root crops, vegetables and meat, particularly sheep and goats.  Increases in such production, which could take place in every CARICOM country, would significantly reduce importation of wheat (US$248.8 m) and corn (US$145.5 m) that, along with Food Preparations (US$251 m), constituted the three largest imports in 2011.  For instance, cassava could be mixed with wheat for making bread, cakes and rotis with no discernible difference to taste and with the added advantage of a reduction of gluten. Further, a percentage of cassava could be added to corn that is used as feed in the poultry industry, thus reducing the import bill for corn and maintaining the quality of feed. 

The same argument applies to meat importation valued at US$225 m.   Several Caribbean countries are importing lamb from as far away as New Zealand, while the production of sheep and goat is perfectly feasible within the region to satisfy demand – and every country could be involved.

What is required is a well-organised meeting of Caribbean entrepreneurs, the Caribbean Development Bank, national development banks and visionary commercial banks with agricultural experts from each country to demonstrate the real economic opportunity that now exists if capital investment can be married to agricultural know-how.  At offer is a significant portion of US$4.75 billion to be earned within the region for the benefit of the region.

The heads of Caribbean agricultural agencies, including CARDI, the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and the FAO meet in Suriname in the week beginning June 10, it would be unforgivable if they ignore this opportunity that could only profit the region, its entrepreneurs and the economies as a whole.

Sir Ronald Sanders is a Consultant, Senior Fellow at London University and former Caribbean diplomat.

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...nothing beat a failure...II

#25 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-09 16:35

Whole Foods is begging for Natural and Organic Products to stock their shelves, thanks to the Healthy Conscious Trend.
In addition, we're adding two more products to Our line for hair & skin. All residual income. As the demand for Our Products increases, we will have to produce over 100, 000 capsules per month.
We will need the raw ingredients, grown and produced under the strictest of Organic standards.
Packaging, labelling/UPC codes, plastic bottles, caps, boxes.
All necessary pieces to the puzzle for supplying, a niche Market with, niche products.

John French II, me go gee u subben fu smile fah. Spread de word to de Rasta.
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...nothing beat a failure...

#24 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-09 16:19

...but a try;
and, u de John French,
Lard Gad, a he cyan mek sense,
dat, me cyan cruise inna bank,
fu ladge, nuff dallars & cents.
dem ting, a nancy tory,
but, dem go, wet dem hand,
and wait fu me;
cause, me kno dun,
wid dis ya tory,
wen all dem money,
till a run...

Folks, nothing beats a failure but a try, believe that. To those who recognize the Whole Foods Organic Market chain in North America, know, it's the flagship Market, in the New Gentrification Era where the well to do's, shop, congregate and think, how healthy they can become.
We are in the final stage, the letter of discription for, Our Holistic Centers best known product, Colonics n Cap. We will be stocking all the stores in the West Region of the USA.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT9

#23 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:53

Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock! As JD so plaintively argues Quote:
If only the Caribbean region would work together on this - it is absolutely achievable but requires cooperation and organisation. The low quality food imported from the US especially is disgusting. In recent years there has been increasing support for and interest in our farming/agriculture but it still has a long way to go.
Mr. Purcell, join with others and UWI, St. Augustine. Take our Hand and Lead us Safely Through The Night!
Nuff Said.
Oh Gad! Pray Wid Mi Fuh Mi Picknees washing dem self in ah dis yah Caribbean Basin!
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT8

#22 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:50

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! This mere voice in the wilderness applauds the writer for providing the numbers for all to read & comprehend. That no plausible PEST arguments have been advanced by one who knows the Geopolitical Barriers is wanting. In speaking to Caribbean Entrepreneurs & Agricultural Experts, CDB & its off-springs to get to a “well Organized meeting”, The Business Executive missed the poor lonely farmer from the basin where Illiteracy & numeracy flourish. Quote:
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: Princes & lords may flourish, or may fade; ... But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.- Goldsmith: The Deserted Village
No Thought of Farmers Cooperatives or Marketing Boards. As A&B’s Diplomat, was he aware of the PDO which failed not because of a lack of Vision, Mission, Strategic Imperatives & Structure but due to Poor Systems, Skills and a Culture suitable to Unscrupulous & Corrupt Administrators. National, OECS and CARICOM Unity demands such Organizations with full transparency & accountability if this debilitating condition is to be overcome. A&B must be guided by The Good Dr. Newton as he puts the finishing touches on his labour of love for the country, & summons Skye, Dessalines, Raven, SlyThatGuy, Two Cents, Jumbee Picknee et al to seek The Innovative Good out of the Doom and Gloom with The Right People.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT7

#21 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:34

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! This commenter notes that A&B gets produce from Dominica on a regular weekly basis. The Logistics have not improved since Noah Built The Ark. LIAT has some aging DASH 8’s which it is trying to jettison as lost leaders on the for sale market. It amazes that none of the Major or lesser Shareholder Governments, knowing how poor the logistics are for inter regional cargo have suggested retaining these as part of a Cargo Fleet & going all out to change the inter island Cargo & Transportation Mode. FedEx was a low graded paper for an economics class the founder wrote while attending Yale. The rest is history. Ethiopian Airlines is kicking A$$ in Africa, Europe, Asia, China & South East Asia with Air Cargo. Air Seychelles is not waiting on anyone for their Tourism Airlifts in Africa, Europe, Asia & South East Asia. Skye where are you with this Vision Thing? Where is Hugh Marshall, Claire Roberts, Freddie Jarvis, Eustace Francis, George Ryan. Keith Hurst, Clarvis Joseph, & many others when they are needed to buy out LIAT & take Control of A&B’s Tourism Destiny. St. Kitts is kicking our bhutt. What do you think will happen when Argyle opens in St. Vincent. Dominica is finalizing a deal for an International Airport with China. Raven Do You understand the dilemma. Apologies for the Digression to emphasize the need for good logistics created, developed & managed by & for Caribbean Food Production, & Distribution. No FDI & FAO!
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT6

#20 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:23

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Friends, CountryWoMen, Rastas, this is a most perplexing issue. Digest the figures for the four biggest food importers, agriculture & industry which includes Tourism and if you do not see the disconnect & constructural adjustment to black disorientation, decenteredness and lack of agency (Dr. Molefi Asante) ask yourself, how long & what will it take to reverse the position given all that you know of WTO, NAFTA, EU, Globalization & Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations.
GoAB – UPP & Antigua Development Bank tried to advance Agriculture through what they thought would give them a Comparative if not Absolute Advantage in Sea Island Cotton. They can’t get anyone to “pick de cotton”. They had provided no education to the expected “pickers & harvesters” because they were filled with black disorientation, decenteredness & lacked agency to even comprehend A&B’s Historical Referent Points. They thought they could advance this as easily as the US & Canada can in obtaining Seasonal Farm Workers from this Caribbean Basin.
Jumbee Picknee shouted if you sow the wind you will reap the whirlwind and as only he could, would & should, asked: Do you notice how in recent times that the Hurricanes formed in the Caribbean Sea have been more devastating than the ones formed off the Coast of Africa?
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT5

#19 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:18

Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock! But before they drifted to De Bust the Vendor at De Market shouted: Pay Attention! Quote:
the biggest food importers on a per-head-of-population basis. Antigua and Barbuda leads the table in 2013 at US$1,170 followed by Barbados at US$1,126, Bahamas at US$1,106 and St Lucia at US$969.
Skye, that incorrigible piped up: The facility in Bendals is the same as is was in 1959. He proceeded to provide his Research figures since Tenman was much too busy at “School Call In” and had bigger fish to fry than to deal with such humdrum matters Quote:
A&B - Agriculture 2.2% of GDP, Industry including the vaunted Tourism 16.4% of GDP and Services 81.4%
Barbados - Agriculture 3.1%; Industry including Tourism 13.9% and Services 83%.
Bahamas – Agriculture 2.1%; Industry including Tourism 7.1% and Services 90.8%
St. Lucia – Agriculture 3.1%; Industry including Tourism 17.4% and Services 70.5% The World FactBook
Skye was on a roll: It obviously can and should sustain itself and even pay salaries if successful. Once again he argued no vision or new ideas is the real problem.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT4

#18 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:11

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Jumbee Picknee, ever the poet, tried to get over by suggesting that: Quote:
I have a number in my head
Though I don't know why it's there When numbers get serious You see their shape everywhere ... Two times two is twenty-two Four times four is forty-four ... And after all is said and done And the numbers all come home The four rolls into three The three turns into two And the two becomes a one Paul Simon: When Numbers Get Serious.
Dessalines was not giving up on Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations. At the two most recent exercises in “Tradewinds”, St. Lucia was not invited or permitted to attend & no one from the OECS or CARICOM uttered a peep. From FDI to WTO, Caribbean Basin Initiative, EU agreements, ACP, Free Trade of The Americas, not one advances home grown production Initiatives. Two Cents replied, he who pays the piper calls the tune, you ting is clown, highlanders, John Bull or Pow dem Backra playin?
Anansi was not amused. He decided to roll out his I-Pad and produce the data since even school children could use this marvelous tool to get work done in their fertile gardens. Akan, Yoruba & Igbo agreed with ‘Nansi and were openly hostile to Dessalines, Two Cents & Jumbee Picknee, who decided to seek comfort with the Residents at Eve’s Garden at De Bust.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT3

#17 John French II » 2014-06-09 15:04

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! SlyThatGuy reminded that They Teach In Economics The Laws of Comparative & Absolute Advantage: simply stated as one country being able to produce more agricultural products than another country complemented by Adam Smith’s principles on International Trade of reducing labour cost. Notwithstanding NAFTA, Mexican Agriculture, particularly corn, has been devastated by its treaty Partners - USA & Canada.
Anansi reminded all to pay attention to the Good Dr. Isaac Newton’s exhortations particularly at this time given the Historical Referent Points: Quote:
Innovative good messaging is believable. It defines ideological differences in ways that mainstreams the Caribbean away from feelings of being bloodied. It captures undertones and connotations of positive attributes, which permits political discourse to highlight good management, creative solutions, personal freedom, and collective prosperity. It creates desire and interest in what we have to offer.Drawing on our collective consciousness, leaders must ask and answer: What’s the remedy? Is there a better way? Perhaps a new idea is waiting to be born by simply turning an old idea inside out. Yes! Let there be light is the story behind Christianity’s creation. Once spoken, there was light! The Innovative Good.
With Those words ‘Nansi had just as he does to buzzing flies, who care not what they eat (de Ambassador) snared them all into his parlour.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious! PT2

#16 John French II » 2014-06-09 14:58

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Jumbee Picknee left the gathering with this thought as eloquently as Mr. Terrific: Some say in 2014 Registered Electors fell by some 6000 from 2009. Some say the population increased. Some Say Foreign, not Resident Non National, Observers will witness the Vote and tell the "Bewildered and Bemused Electorate" - It Was Fair!
Anansi ever the spinner reminded those gathered & within earshot of De Bust that this is a most pressing & vexing issue since the Executive Business Gentleman & A&B’s Ambassador to the Court of King James declaredQuote:
It is shameful that golden opportunities to produce more food in the Caribbean and significantly reduce the astronomically high annual food import bill of US$4.75 billion are being woefully neglected. If this misguided trend continues, the economies of many of the countries of the region will be increasingly imperilled.
Two Cents was not totally convinced and expressed some doubt as to the numbers being bandied about. Oh No! No! No! No! He said Numeracy on the Rock, from cap’n to bosun confounds.

Dessalines whispered with Dagan’s cunning to the Coromantees & Igbos seated below De Bust “Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations at the Highest Level”: Who killed Sugar? Who Killed Haitian Rice Production? Who Killed Caribbean Bananas? Who has put the squeeze on Rice from the DR & Guyana? Two Cents replied North Atlantic Nordic Privateers, WTO & Globalization.
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Agriculture & Food Production – When Numbers Get Serious!

#15 John French II » 2014-06-09 14:46

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! The Discourse from The Amofah Market at Da Bridge was most educational. Every Farmer, Higgler and Huckster paid attention. A Coromantee who had just arrived with a truck load of “green figs” suggested that as far as she was concerned, the 95% Antiguan & Barbudan people of African descent must begin with a historical referent point. Jumbee Picknee “seized the time!” with:
The 95% of African Descent Begin the Begin In 1634. 200 Years of Enslavement. 117 Years of Plantation Servitude 16 Years of Adult Suffrage
47 Years of Statehood In Association. 41 Years of The Death Of King Sugar.
33 Years of Independence. 10 Years of North Atlantic Nordic & Middle East Piracy. 10 Years of Naked Neo-Colonialism. 4 Years of IMF Fiscal Adjustment & Structural Reform. 1 Year of World Bank Human Capacity Building through Public Sector Social Reform In 1834, A&B had 29,131 African souls of which 4327 were under the age of six and a smattering of free coloureds. 1951 – 46, 937 Population – 14,050 registered voters. In 2011 the Scatterlings of Africa had grown to 74,018 People of African descent, 786 Mixed (Black & White), 3,225 Mixed (With whom ? Only the Good Lord knows), 2,330 Hispanics (How Interesting? Some say they were Antguan Garifuna mixed with African, Arawak, Caucasian & Taino, others Antiguan Falashas, others “Reggaeton Rastas”, others Antiguan Coromantees from San Pedro ) 750 Don’t Know (neither fish nor fowl).
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@Telluride

#14 The Raven » 2014-06-08 23:52

The Ezekiel Bread is wonderfully! your info. Is correct. It comes in different flavors; raisin, cinnamon raisin and plain. I like the cinnamon raisin toasted, but it must be kept refrigerated because of no preservatives. It also comes flat where you can made wrap sandwiches would be nice if the local bakeries would carry it. Proper nutrition starts with education, and it should start in the schools. Diabetes is on the rise, it's becoming an epidemic. it's no longer by DNA, our diet is a major contributor. With the increase fast food fascination, eating on the go, all around busy lives, makes it difficult to eat healthy.
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@ skyewill & Telluride

#13 SlyThatGuy » 2014-06-08 15:51

Thank you both for shearing my ideas. I really appreciate it, and I will most certainly look into trying that bread as I love to eat lots of healthy breads--particularly multi grain (15 grain). Yes, Telluride, asparagus and broccoli are very delicious to eat, but I don't think we would be that successful cultivating broccoli in Antigua and Barbuda: Broccoli does not like the tropics. But we definitely can produce and consume healthy foods if we can break our bad habits of eating processed foods.
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Food

#12 JD » 2014-06-08 14:27

If only the Caribbean region would work together on this - it is absolutely achievable but requires cooperation and organisation. The low quality food imported from the US especially is disgusting. In recent years there has been increasing support for and interest in our farming/agriculture but it still has a long way to go.
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@Sly That Guy -I applaud you!!

#11 Telluride » 2014-06-08 14:03

I must say that is a very good article by you.I would add asparagus and broccoli to that list of heathy foods.The types of bread eaten in Antigua are a contributor to our obesity level.They are flour based breads.They are made with genetically altered wheat.There is a bread called Ezekiel.It is made bread from sprouted wheat,flourless,low glycemic and 100% whole grain.I am sure there are other persons who could say more about this bread.Try it any tell me what do you think.
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@ Dessalines...Food, Shelter, Clothing

#10 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-08 12:17

Dessalines...proper Regional planning is required. Each individual Nation'$ bandaid approach to Our Governance is not only silly, ascernine, behooving, it fly's in the face of statistics and logic for those basic human needs of food, shelter and clothing.
The controllers of those basic needs are not only laughing at us, they banking on Us, litterally and figurative to be, that stupid.
Nike, timberland, Remax, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Walmart, add the Asian and European conglomerates, tell me, Dessalines, when to get into the Jumbee catacombs of Haiti, Point, Kingston, Panama, Rio de Jenero or any other Community where People of African Descent requires food, shelter, clothing, and tell me...U SEE SUBBEN FU LAFF FAH...
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@ Dessalines...Food, Shelter, Clothing

#9 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-08 11:59

Since you opened the accounting application's, and is doing, a comparative analysis, of export vs import revenue, how about the following:
A...Let's have Our Treasury audited, Ministry by Ministry, department by department, office by office, personnel by personnel. The IMF and Our Government, needs to present annual reports to, Us the share and stake holders, in order, that better and more precise planning, can be done, before, We can ascertain, 'value for dollar.'

B...This plan of Sanders, have to incorporate Africa, Europe, Asia, South & North America. When this happens, Our collective geographical location, linking east and west, would generate more than enough positive revenue, in similar ways to the Triangular Trade System of the 15th Century to the present. The major difference is, today (20th & 21st Cent), we as the majority stake holders are, standing still or giving those inherited rights away.
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SlyThatGuy

#8 Skyewill » 2014-06-08 11:32

Sounds great. I sponsored a nutrition camp last Summer and I'm all into what you just described. In fact I plan to open a restaurant with a health food theme perfect for the diabetic
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Dessalines »

#7 Skyewill » 2014-06-08 11:30

The way you put it we will never improve. The facility in Bendals is the same as is was in 1959. It obviously can and should sustain itself and even pay salaries if successful. Once again I have to say no vision or new ideas is the real problem. If it can pay for itself then that is less tax and or job created. It fills the loss of income and promote local. Govern is not in business for profit but for the good of the people it serves.
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RE: Importing Food is Damaging the Carribean - Why No Action

#6 SlyThatGuy » 2014-06-08 10:27

The idea that CARICOM countries should start producing more food and import less to reduce the enormous food import bill is a very good one; however, since the aim is also to combat obesity, I think we should be focusing our attention on cultivating more healthy non-starchy vegetables that are low in carbohydrates, such as carrot, radish, turnip, rutabaga, okra, collards, bell pepper, spinach, kale, green beans etc. Most of the foods we grow and consume--sweet potato, cassava root, and yam--are high glycemic food that raise our blood glucose. This can lead to obesity if we do not know how to mix the good with the bad and create a balance in our diet.
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@ Skyewill Jumbee Picknee

#5 Dessalines » 2014-06-08 09:45

Saunders is looking at one side of the equation which is the import bill. The flip side is the revenue that government collects on those imports that is driving this policy and not a lack of vision. In fact food importation is governments highest revenue earner in Antigua. If Antigua were to stop importing chicken for example the government would go broke in two months.
In 1971 - 1976 farmers in Antigua produced more since they could literally dump their produce at CMC to be resold. After 1976 PIT was abolished and the administration had to find ways to raise revenue. Gut CMC, turn it into a variety store, divest in agriculture, import most of your food and there you have it.
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@Skye

#4 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-08 07:58

No worries, the GMO's have been morphing Us into 'flying pigs' with straight black hair from lye based products, pink skin from hydro-quinine, the females now have two boody's, one filled with fibroids, the males are growing, APUA designer styled penis, according to Smoke n Mirrors. However, according to Dr. Oz, the medical wizard, this is all normal because the atronomical increase in cancer, is the best possible 'natural cure' for control of the Blackie race.
No worries Skye, I just made up an obeah tale, while on my lunch break on George Orwell's farm.
I gotta fly, my Lord John French II is hovering in his and this Overseer, NO SEE NUTTEN FU SMILE FAH...Jah me a pray fu he
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RE: Importing Food is Damaging the Caribbean- Why No Action

#3 Two Cents » 2014-06-08 07:51

This report is particularly disturbing to me so much so that I'm wondering if the figures are accurate. It was cemented in our heads as children growing up to buy local and their was massive campaigning to import more and export less. After 30 years it's apparent that we have not improved in this area collectively as a region.

There are people in Antigua with world class products that I should be able to pick up from supermarket shelves in any island in the region and further afield but that is not happening. One such product is Rosie McMasters' line of hot sauce. Something really needs to be done.
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@ Jumbee Picknee Why worry, we poised to become rich

#2 Skyewill » 2014-06-08 04:55

This nappy head blackie have not seen much improvement in agriculture in Antigua. There is a plant in Bendals where I purchase fruit trees and plants for the properties. When I go there the people who work there are the nicest people you ever want to meet in Antigua. But they obviously are neglected. If you want to pay for you plants you better bring exact money because they have no cash register no equipment and no supplies. This facility could be a central hub that could not only make money and sustain itself but be a place where we can develop an island wide beautification projects - No vision wins again!
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The taste of GMO's

#1 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-08 04:31

Monsanto, their GMO's and the heavily subsidized farming industry in North America should be some of the Caribbean's main concern, if initiatives like what Sanders suggests are going to work and benefit, the Caribbean.
I see Sanders is taking a page out of the Rastafari's book and enhancing. Maybe, Our Leaders will pay serious attention to Agriculture, now, that, straighty & pinky is saying it, rather than nappy & blackie...
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Sir Ronald Sanders is a business executive and former Caribbean diplomat who publishes widely on Small States in the global community.

 

 

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