Barbados – Tourist-Focused Island with Food Vulnerabilities

An Insurer’s view. A brief synopsis on Barbados’ food supply situation from an Insurance and Finance Tourist, which looks at Barbados trends in agriculture and food.

Greg Sample (Florida) Blog

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Based in Florida, Greg Sample leverages leadership experience in the insurance and financial spheres as head of Zagato Business Analysis. An avid traveler, Greg Sample has visited numerous Florida and Caribbean island destinations over the years, with his favorite locales including the Bahamas and Barbados.

An independent nation with British Commonwealth status, Barbados is situated in the eastern Caribbean. With a population of 300,000, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial history. Formerly a center of sugarcane production, Barbados has successfully transitioned to tourism since its independence in 1966, and international visitors now account for 12 percent of its GDP.

This has had a major impact on the once robust agricultural industries, as 37 percent of the island once devoted to farming has largely reverted back to native tropical vegetation. An Environment Ministry report from 2010 singles out the country as one of the few worldwide that…

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