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  • Hurricane Irma Will Make Orange Juice Unaffordable and Destroy Your Grocery Bill

    09/09/2017 8:35:44 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 63 replies
    The Street ^ | 9/9/17 | Ellen Chang
    Citrus costs could rise if Hurricane Irma, which is deemed a category 5, makes landfall in certain regions of Florida, as the state heads toward harvest season for oranges, but other vegetables could also see prices spike. Depending on where Irma makes landfall, produce prices will fluctuate, said Giacomo Santangelo, an economics professor at Fordham University in New York and Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Florida is the main producer of oranges in the U.S., although California and Texas also grow them. "We can expect the prices of citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, tangelos and grapefruit to...
  • Beware Of Eating Grapefruit With Any Of These 32 Common Drugs

    03/20/2017 2:47:38 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies
    BI ^ | 3-20-2017 | Dr. Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD, Authority Nutrition
    Note: This article contains general information — not specific medical advice. Talk to your physician before changing your use of any medication. Grapefruit is a delicious citrus fruit with many health benefits. However, it can interact with some common medications, altering their effects on your body. If you're curious about the grapefruit warning on many medicines, this article will help you understand why it's there and what your options are. Here's a closer look at 32 common drugs that may have dangerous interactions with grapefruit. How does it interact with medications? How does it interact with medications? Medications are processed...
  • Endangering Our Citrus Industry

    11/22/2015 7:53:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 22, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Florida's citrus harvest has plummeted 60 percent from ten years ago, because of citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that causes trees to produce stunted fruit and eventually die. The disease has also been found in one Los Angeles area orchard, potentially putting California's citrusgroves at risk. Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake. Introduced and spread by the flying aphid-like Asian citrus psyllid, citrus greening is also called HLB, from the Mandarin word for "yellow dragon disease." It can quickly infest entire orchards, and thus far there is no cure. Infected trees must simply be destroyed....
  • Florida citrus growers worry that deadly bacteria will mean end of orange juice

    01/14/2014 2:01:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1-14-14 | Darryl Fears
    The sprawling citrus orchard that Victor Story toured recently sure looked like a steal at $11,000 an acre. The investors who owned it were going to lose money, and potential buyers such as Story might have stood to reap a handsome reward. But as he bumped along the 40 acres of groves in a large SUV, Story was taken aback by the sickly look of the trees. Their leaves were an inch shorter than normal and yellowing. Full-size oranges were still apple green. Other mature oranges that should have been the size of baseballs were no bigger than ping-pong balls....
  • Easter? No thanks, I'll pass

    04/24/2011 2:56:54 PM PDT · by ancientart · 28 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | April 24, 2011 | Donna Marmorstein
    Wherever we moved, one of the first things Dad did was build a waist-high planter box. He'd construct it along the back fence of each California tract home, then fill it with soil and plant a garden. At our last home, Dad paved the ground with brick and concrete, but the yard still brimmed with life. Dad built a trellis for red and green grapes. The vines grew into a shady canopy, dripping with grape clusters. He planted plum trees for color, learned to espalier apple trees against a side fence, and built a large box for an avocado. Mostly,...
  • Rome: The Time Is Ripe for Blood Oranges

    03/29/2010 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 455+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Nothing heralds the arrival of spring in Rome like the first whiff of a blood orange. Vendors cut open the succulent citrus fruits to show off the crimson flesh to shoppers at the Testaccio market near the Aventine hill (Piazza Testaccio, open Mon-Sat, 7am to 1pm) and the Biological Market in Trastevere (Via Cardinale Merry del Val, open the second Sunday of every month). Coffee bars throughout Rome serve freshly squeezed blood orange juice, spremuta, with a touch of sugar. For an exceptional spremuta, swing by Caffè delle Arance, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, 2 (arance means oranges in Italian)....
  • Citrus farmers report significant damage to crops

    01/11/2010 8:12:44 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 34 replies · 846+ views ^ | Jan 11, 2010 03:22 PM | ABC - 7
    ARCADIA - The cold weather is a shock to many people's system, and an even bigger shock to the state's lucrative orange crop. And after Sunday night's deep freeze, damage reports are starting to come in from citrus growers throughout the state. Growers say that overnight freezing temperatures partially destroyed their citrus groves, but it will be days before they know the extent of the damage. Growers spent Monday slicing fruit with knives to check for damage. "You could get it from a quarter of an inch to all the way through the would see ice crystals." Carlton says...
  • Freeze in Florida Tonight Will Be Worst Since 1989

    01/10/2010 6:03:14 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 66 replies · 2,140+ views ^ | Jan 10, 2010 | Heather Buchman
    Several blasts of arctic air have gripped the eastern two-thirds of the country since the beginning of the new year. In the South, the extreme cold has been threatening crops, and temperatures tonight could be the most damaging for some. While temperatures will rebound throughout the upcoming week, a late-week rain storm could cause even more damage to Southern crops. Tonight Will Be Most Damaging in Florida So far, citrus-growers in Florida have gotten by with only light damage following several nights of sub-freezing temperatures over the past week. Tonight will likely prove more destructive as temperatures drop to the...
  • Florida Orange Growers Brace for Possible Killing Freeze

    01/09/2010 6:38:57 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 104 replies · 1,971+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 9, 2010, 3:28 P.M. ET | Tom Sellen
    Florida orange growers are bracing for possible crop damage as an arctic blast plunges temperatures to record lows Saturday and Sunday nights. Sleet and snow mixed with rain has been reported Saturday from the Tampa Bay area to near and north of Orlando, the first time snow or sleet has occurred in west-central Florida since Jan. 8, 1996, the National Weather Service in Tampa said. The immediate Tampa Bay area hasn't seen snow since Dec. 23, 1989. While citrus growers fared well on Friday night as temperatures remained above critical levels in the heart of the citrus belt, worries are...
  • Florida Biochemist designs a citrus tree with THC

    01/05/2009 8:07:50 AM PST · by BGHater · 70 replies · 2,450+ views
    The Crit ^ | 05 Oct 2008 | The Crit
    In the summer of 1984, 10th-grader Irwin Nanofsky and a friend were driving down the Apalachee Parkway on the way home from baseball practice when they were pulled over by a police officer for a minor traffic infraction. After Nanofsky produced his driver’s license the police officer asked permission to search the vehicle. In less than two minutes, the officer found a homemade pipe underneath the passenger’s seat of the Ford Aerostar belonging to the teenage driver’s parents. The minivan was seized, and the two youths were taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession. Illegal possession of drug paraphernalia...
  • Judge: Florida owes homeowners more money for cutting citrus trees

    02/22/2008 8:36:14 AM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 3,092+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 22 Feb 2008 | David Fleshler
    Years after state agriculture workers cut down thousands of orange and grapefruit trees to eradicate citrus canker, Broward County homeowners Thursday won a crucial victory in their fight for compensation. Broward Circuit Judge Ronald Rothschild ruled that the destruction of about 130,000 residential citrus trees constituted a "taking" under the state constitution and therefore required the Florida Department of Agriculture to compensate homeowners for their lost property. The ruling came in a class-action suit filed on behalf of about 70,000 Broward homeowners whose uninfected trees were destroyed because they stood within 1,900 feet of infected trees. In his 54-page order,...
  • House bill would help citrus, spinach growers, salmon fishermen (3.7B, farm disaster relief)

    03/15/2007 7:16:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 369+ views
    California citrus farmers would get $20 million, spinach growers $25 million and salmon fishermen $60.4 million in an emergency war spending bill that passed a House committee Thursday. The money for citrus and spinach growers is part of $3.7 billion for farm disaster relief in the bill, including $1.8 billion for crop loss assistance and $1.48 billion for livestock compensation. Farmers in California and other states would be able to apply for that crop and livestock money. The relief comes as part of a $124 billion war spending bill - including $95.5 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...
  • CA: Lessons from past freezes include insurance to defray some losses

    01/18/2007 6:03:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 273+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 1/18/07 | Olivia Munoz - ap
    FRESNO As the chill air descended on California last weekend, citrus farmers were already prepared for the worst. Past freezes in 1990 and 1998 taught the state's growers to insure crops that are one frigid night, hail storm or pest infestation away from disaster. State agriculture officials said Thursday that they were still assessing the damage from five consecutive nights of subfreezing temperatures in California's fertile Central Valley, and they could not yet estimate how much would be paid out by insurers. With losses to the state's citrus crop alone totaling an estimated $1 billion, the tally is certain to...
  • Schwarzenegger Seeks Citrus Disaster Aid(Just days after saying "global warming" is a reality!LOL)

    01/17/2007 7:13:10 AM PST · by kellynla · 58 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | 1/16/2007 | OLIVIA MUNOZ
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the federal government Tuesday for disaster aid because of an ongoing cold snap that has destroyed nearly $1 billion worth of California citrus, and industry officials said shoppers will feel the sting through higher prices for oranges, lemons and other produce. Visiting a Fresno orange grove, Schwarzenegger said he was asking the U.S. government for disaster status, which would allow California to seek aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration to offset losses to growers and other businesses. "This is not just about the crop this year. It...
  • Most of California citrus crop lost to freeze

    01/15/2007 5:36:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 131 replies · 2,947+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/15/07 | Marcus Wohlsen - ap
    Three nights of freezing temperatures have cost California up to three-quarters of its billion-dollar citrus crop, according to an industry estimate given Monday as forecasters warned the cold weather could batter groves through midweek. Other crops, including avocados and strawberries, also have suffered damage in the cold snap, state agricultural officials said. "This is one of those freezes that, unfortunately, we'll all remember," California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura said. Damages from the latest freeze will likely surpass those caused by a three-day freeze in December 1998 that destroyed 85 percent of California's citrus crop, a loss...
  • California Citrus Growers Face Big Losses as Cold Snap Continues(So much for "global warming!")

    01/15/2007 9:26:04 AM PST · by kellynla · 55 replies · 1,449+ views ^ | January 14, 2007 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    California's $1 billion citrus industry suffered a second night of record-low temperatures this weekend, and agriculture officials continued to worry about widespread crop destruction. Counties where most of the state's oranges, lemons and tangerines are grown saw temperatures plummet into the teens to mid-20s both in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. "It was a very bad night," said Nancy Lungren, spokeswoman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Damage to citrus groves in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California was "widespread" and "significant," Lungren said. But the full impact would...
  • Fruity headache for cafe owners (Australia's worst frost in 24 years destroys 40,000 tons of citrus)

    07/04/2006 3:39:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 720+ views
    The Sunday Mail ^ | 7/03/06 | Samantha Williams and Karina Dunger
    Fruity headache for cafe ownersBy Samantha Williams and Karina Dunger 03jul06 Cafe workers ... Julie Hanssens and Jodie Lee / Troy Bendeich BAD weather is set to affect the price of oranges after already crippling Australia's banana industry. The worst frost in 24 years has destroyed 40,000 tonnes - about 25 per cent - of the citrus fruit produced in southern Australia. "They won't hit skyrocketing prices of bananas but there will be some price hike due to the reduction of fruit on the market," Riverina Citrus CEO Peter Morrish said. Oranges currently sell for $2.50kg, with experts predicting rises...
  • Florida Citrus Growers in Limbo (material ommissions alert)

    02/20/2006 7:50:41 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 8 replies · 445+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/20/06 | TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer
    Ellis Hunt's family has made a living growing citrus since the 1920s, when his grandfather went into the business with two brothers. The industry is all they know. Today, the third-generation farmer wonders how long he can maintain his company's share of Florida's $9 billion industry after one of the worst growing seasons in recent memory. "My personal goal is to have our 100th year anniversary in 2022, so I guess I've got to make it 16 more years," Hunt said. "We're trying to stay in the business unless we're forced out." Four hurricanes that struck or brushed Florida in...
  • Wilma delivers big hit to citrus

    11/01/2005 3:26:43 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 31 replies · 563+ views ^ | Tue, Nov. 01, 2005 | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    ORLANDO - Florida grapefruit may be scarce in stores, and the price of orange juice may inch up slightly for consumers this winter, commodities analysts said Monday after a growers group estimated Hurricane Wilma had knocked 17 percent of the citrus crop off trees. Last week's Category 3 storm will cause the loss of $180 million worth of Florida citrus, or about 35.7 million boxes of fruit, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Florida Citrus Mutual.The estimates are limited to crop damage and don't take into account the loss of infrastructure, such as packing houses and equipment.The early estimates...
  • New greening disease could become deadlier to Florida citrus than canker

    10/13/2005 9:24:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 347+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 13 2005 | David Fleshler
    A deadly new citrus disease is spreading through southeast Florida, creating a fresh threat to the citrus industry and raising the possibility of another costly and disruptive eradication program. Citrus greening, a bacterial disease carried by an Asian insect, stunts growth, leads to bitter, misshapen oranges and grapefruits, and eventually kills the tree. Agriculture officials and growers say the disease could pose a greater threat than citrus canker, still widespread despite a $500 million campaign to eradicate it. State and federal inspectors have found citrus greening on at least 160 trees in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and they're...