Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

Aruban Cacti

Being a tiny little Caribbean island thats land mass that consists of less than 120 square miles, Aruba is strongly reliant on imports, rather than production itself. Presently, Aruba has no government that has implemented to regulate imported foods for Aruba. However, health authorities do require that first-time perishable shipments be accompanied by a sanitary certification from the country of origin. U.S. agricultural exports typically clear customs without many obstacles. While import licenses, and a USDA certification on meat are required, U.S. standards for food and agricultural products are fully accepted by the Aruban customs officers.

The entire island is primarily made up of desert, featuring little rain considering it is outside of the tropical hurricane belt; therefore, the only green that is seen consistently across the island is cactus. In fact, cactus is seemingly becoming what Aruba is know for. While the golf courses and hotels use irrigation to provide beautiful greenery, they do not have farms that implement irrigational systems. Rather, as previously stated, the majority of their goods are shipped to them from places like the U.S. and South America.

The country differs from many other countries across the world in the sense that their economy is dependent essentially upon its tourism.


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