| Make foodmate.com your Homepage | Wap | Archiver
Advanced Top
Search Promotion
Search Promotion
Post New Products
Post New Products
Business Center
Business Center
 
Current Position:Home » News » Recalls & Alerts » Alerts & Food Safety » Topic

Citrus disease could kill industry if US Congress slows research

Zoom in font  Zoom out font Published: 2018-09-14  Views: 16
Core Tip: A disease called citrus greening has devastated Florida’s citrus industry. Agriculture officials are hoping they can stop it before California suffers the same fate.
A disease called citrus greening has devastated Florida’s citrus industry. Agriculture officials are hoping they can stop it before California suffers the same fate.
Congress is poised to continue spending $25 million a year into finding a way to stop it. But the money will not come without second thoughts. Lawmakers are debating a variety of aspects of the farm bill, and some have quietly suggested that the citrus research money could be shifted into a general agricultural research category.
 
And while representatives of the citrus industry admit current progress on finding a cure (or lessening the impact of the disease) has been disappointing, they say the alternative is the death of the nation’s citrus industry.

As recently as 2012, Florida produced the vast majority of the nation’s oranges. California’s citrus production surpassed Florida’s after citrus greening infected about 80 percent of citrus trees in the Sunshine State, making the fruit bitter and unusable and permanently damaging the trees. Texas’s production has also been affected.

A report by citrus greening researchers earlier this year said a breakthrough cure was unlikely. Instead, master plans are necessary to curb the spread. But while there is promising research, nothing concrete has been found after $125 million in federal funds dedicated to finding a cure.

Source: mcclatchydc.com

 
 
keywords: citrus
 
[ News search ]  [ ]  [ Notify friends ]  [ Print ]  [ Close ]

 
 
0 in all [view all]  Related Comments

 
Hot Graphics
Hot News
Hot Topics
 
 
Powered by Global FoodMate
Message Center(0)