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Frightening trend hits U.S. orange industry

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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.