Economic Impacts of Increasing Hawaii’s Food Self-Sufficiency
by PingSun Leung and Matthew Loke, December 2008.
This study attempts to project the impact on indirect sales, local farmer earnings, state tax revenue, and jobs created for replacing imported foods with locally grown foods at the retail level. The study looked at beef, pork, eggs, fresh milk, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. By replacing 10 percent of the imported food with locally produced foods, this would generate an estimated Hawaii economy-wide impact of $188 million in indirect sales, $47 million in earnings, $6 million in state tax revenues, and more than 2,300 jobs.