Frightening trend hits U.S. orange industry
Newly released numbers show a frightening trend in the citrus industry.
The USDA reports production in Florida is projected to be down 22% this month, compared to one year ago.
Experts expect it to continue to fall.
This week – industry leaders from across the state are in Bonita Springs for their annual state conference – and all eyes are on a disease that is killing orange groves.
It’s called citrus greening, and there’s no cure.
It’s a bacteria that is spread by an insect that’s as common as the mosquito in Florida.
Just a few years ago it was projected that it had already cost the state of four and a half billion dollars.
Right now the industry is looking at every option to stop it from spreading.
One long-term solution that’s being considered by the industry is genetic modification.