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4 Ag Hawaii

4 Ag Hawaii (A new partnership between the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, UH-College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources)

As we struggle to stretch the value of our dollars during these difficult economic times, we would like to plant seeds for thought as we all begin to make holiday purchasing decisions.  We ask the Hawaii community – retailers, wholesalers, distributors as well as consumers to, whenever possible, BUY LOCAL – IT MATTERS!

Join forces with the newly formed "4 Ag Hawaii Partnership," a movement that is being spearheaded by the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation and the University of Hawaii – College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources.  This partnership is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of agriculture and expand the agricultural industry in Hawaii.

Buying local keeps the money flowing through our community and directly and indirectly supports our island families, friends and neighbors.  For instance, when you purchase items over the Internet from companies outside of the state, your money is sent directly out of Hawaii.  This is not to say that one should not purchase anything on-line – just that if you have a choice, choose to purchase items that were grown or produced here in our islands.

Many times, this means just a little change in our buying habits that may not cost you any more and may even cost you less.  So, why should we make the effort?  We all need to make this effort, because your choices do matter.

Supporting Hawaii agriculture not only supports our hard-working farmers and helps preserve agricultural jobs.  It is estimated that our state imports 85 percent of all consumer goods.  In recent history, Hawaii has been fortunate that transportation disruptions have been either averted or of short duration.  Still, it is important that our state increase our self-sufficiency, especially regarding perishable foods.  While we will never be totally self-sufficient, raising that level by supporting local farmers increases our food security.

A study released earlier this year indicated that if Hawaii replaced just 10 percent of foods we import with locally grown and manufactured foods, it would:

  • Generate approximately $94 million for local farmers,
  • Have an economy-wide impact of $188 million in sales,
  • Create $47 million in earnings, and
  • $6 million in state taxes, and
  • Generate 2,300 jobs 

Let's create our own economic stimulus and help keep our farmers on the job.  Whenever possible, buy local – it matters!

4 Ag Hawaii partners:

Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

UH – College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources

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