All of the fruits shown are sourced and sold by a company called Brooks Tropicals. I have added this name in front of each fruit in the list.
1) Coconuts, bananas, mangos, avocados, star fruit, all types of citrus such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Almost any vegetable can be grown in Florida depending on which area of the state it is being grown in and what time of year it is.
2) Florida is especially known for exporting oranges and other citrus fruits, but they trade in almost all kinds of produce that they grow. Florida ranks first in the United States in the value of production of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, sugarcane, squash, watermelons, sweet corn, fresh-market snap beans, fresh-market tomatoes, and fresh-market cucumbers. Florida ranks second in the United States in the value of production of strawberries, bell peppers, and cucumbers for pickles and ranks fourth in the value of production of honey.
3) Food trade is extremely important for many reasons. Many states do not have the resources to produce the total amount or types of food needed to support their residents, so they must acquire what they don't have from others. So they will then trade the produce that they do have with other regions. This trade provides them with produce and sometimes money as well and allows their residents to be fed properly. This trade also works to develop bonds between different states that can serve them well in the future; for instance, two states may develop a positive trade relationship that ultimately turns into a political relationship where one state backs another in national matters, such as federal governmental issues.
4) Global food trade is equally important for many of the same reasons. Many countries also do not have the resources to produce the amount or kinds of food needed to support their residents, so they must acquire what they don't have from other countries. As with states, this trade provides them with needed produce. For many countries, food exports are the main economic factor in the success of the country. Without this trade, their economic viability would be seriously compromised. Global food trade is also very important because along with trading food for money, often times food is traded for other needs, such as energy, technology, security, etc., that the particular country might not be capable of providing for themselves. Just as with states, the food trade (and all trade) often works to create political bonds between different countries. For instance, two countries may develop a positive trade relationship that ultimately turns into a political relationship where country backs another in a time of conflict.
5) It's hard to believe that the U.S. would not actually survive without global food trade, but our ability to succeed at the rate that we are used to would be heavily damaged without it. The United States food trade is a large economic success factor for us; for instance, the U.S. controls almost half of the world grain exports. This level of trade provides jobs, money and political influence that is partially responsible for our power position in the world today. If the U.S. were to lose these exports, the resulting loss of jobs and trade power would be devastating. Having said this, I believe that the U.S. would absolutely survive. We are a country that is able to provide all of our absolute necessities, such as food, energy and medicine for ourselves. If we were to lose the food trade, the single largest impact on our economy would be our reduced ability to afford oil.
6) Global food trade provides a massive amount of jobs throughout the United States. These jobs allow those employed in the food trade industry to live comfortably and to contribute to the United States economy by making personal purchases, such as clothing, homes, electronics and vacations, which in turn, provides more jobs for the American economy. Our food exports also allow us to negotiate better prices for some our largest exports such as oil.
7) Other than agricultural products, some of the largest United States exports are airplanes and airplane parts, steel, weapons, electronics and services, such as travel and tourism, transportation, architecture and engineering, education and financial services. The U.S. imports many things as well. Our largest imports are oil, cars, medicine, computers, clothing, telecommunications equipment and video equipment.
15 Produce items sold in Miami, FL
1) Brooks Tropicals - Papayas - from Belize
2) Brooks Tropicals - Avocados - from Florida
3) Brooks Tropicals - Starfruit - from southwest Florida
4) Brooks Tropicals - Groovy Coconuts - Dominican Republic
5) Brooks Tropicals - Ginger - Costa Rica
6) Brooks Tropicals - Guava - Florida
7) Brooks Tropicals - Habanero - Trinidad, Mexico
8) Brooks Tropicals - Key Lime - Mexico
9) Brooks Tropicals - Kumquat - Florida
10) Brooks Tropicals - Yam - Costa Rica
11) Brooks Tropicals - Yuca - Costa Rica
12) Brooks Tropicals - Plantain - Ecuador
13) Brooks Tropicals - Malanga - Costa Rica
14) Brooks Tropicals - Scotch Bonnet Pepper - Trinidad, Mexico
15) Brooks Tropicals - Uniq Fruit - Jamaica