A World Without Orange Juice? Possible.

AVON PARK, Fla. — Florida’s citrus industry is grappling with the most serious threat in its history: a bacterial disease with no cure that has infected all 32 of the 
state’s citrus-growing counties.

The New York Times has the details. The story goes on to state:

Concerted efforts by growers and millions of dollars spent on research to fight the disease have so far failed, growers and scientists said. The situation was worsened this season by an unusual weather pattern, including a dry winter, growers said.
“We have got a real big problem,” said Vic Story, a lifelong citrus grower and the head ofThe Story Companies, which owns 2,000 acres of groves in Central Florida and manages an additional 3,000 acres, all of which are affected at varying levels. “It’s definitely the biggest threat in my lifetime, and I’m 68. This is a tree killer.”

Until yesterday, I had never heard of this threat. From where I sit, this and many other environmental problems outrank 'global warming' in terms of urgency and importance. 


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