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Drought Puts Pinch On Produce Prices

California is suffering the worst drought in decades, and the repercussions are being felt nationwide.

California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California in January.

Dry fields and dying citrus trees in California mean produce prices are rising and farm hands are out of work.

As a result, some produce that is typically grown in California may need to be imported, as farmers brace themselves for the end of the rainy season — and loss of valued citrus and nut trees.

California grows most of the nation’s almonds, apricots, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, nectarines, olives, pistachios, prunes and walnuts.

Higher prices are on their way within the next few months, and even if the drought were to end tomorrow, relief wouldn’t be felt for some time.

The United States isn’t the only country feeling the pinch. High prices domestically translate to even higher prices on worldwide imports.

While the world’s population is growing, food production isn’t, and climate change is putting further strain on the global food supply.

Read More:

  • Food Prices To Keep Rising As Drought, Demand And Disease Strain Supply (International Business Times)
  • Your food,  your wallet and the California drought (CNBC)
  • Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought (NPR)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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