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HAWAII FOOD FACTS & TRIVIA

FARMS & FARMERS
Hawaii: approximate land area of 4,110,586 acres.
Farmland is 1,121,329 acres or 27.3% of total land.
Organic agriculture accounts for about 12,045 acres.
Number of Farms: 7,521
Principle Farm Operators: Men: 5,715  Women: 1,806
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Hawii has a total population of: 1,374,810
Urban population: 963,607
Rural population: 411,203
Food insecure households*: 13.8%
Households with very low food security*: 5.6%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


The Candlenut Tree was designated as the state tree of Hawaii in 1959.

Until the early 1800s in Hawaii, most banana varieties were 'kapu' -  forbidden for women of Hawaii to eat, under penalty of death.

    • Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee.

    • Hawaii is the only state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.

    • Most of the world's macadamia nuts are grown on the island of Hawaii.

    • More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.

Among the largest and most historic ranches in the United States is Parker Ranch in Hawaii. Founded in 1847, the ranch currently spans approximately 150,000 acres on the Big Island. www.parkerranch.com

Oranges were introduced to Hawaii in 1792.
 

 

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