Orange Crop Yields to Olive Harvest

With Florida’s orange crop decimated by greening disease, the agricultural community is fast looking for alternatives, including olive harvesting. But there may be mixed results, despite the low-maintenance potential. Olive trees require a certain number of chill hours per year to produce at maximum output, suggesting that Florida’s sub-tropical climate may be ill-suited for the experiment. Still researchers are optimistic. Quality control features may help to drive olive-oil demand; imported oil has a tarnished reputation. At this time, Florida-produced olive oil may be limited to a few hundred gallons annually; it is not a mass-market product.

Learn more at the Palm Beach Post

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Beyond Caparra

Turn Right for Roseau

To the uninitiated, the Caribbean can be a mind-boggling array of small islands, with a few large ones in the mix.

Man with Cigar

Become a geographer. Florida and the Caribbean have the same economic heft as Brazil. Our regional set includes the perimeter economies of Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, as well as the Guiana Highlands.

Relative Economic Size

Comments on this blog focus on Florida and neighboring trade partners. By output, we rank the major islands:

1. Puerto Rico ($103 billion)

2. Cuba ($78 billion)

3. Dominican Republic ($64 billion)

4. Trinidad and Tobago ($29 billion)

5. Jamaica ($14 billion)

Florida dominates the region with state-wide GDP of about $770 billion. The largest perimeter economy is Colombia at $378 billion, followed by Venezuela.

Note: Ranking is based on GDP data for 2014 at market prices.

Source: World Bank, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, Cranganore.