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Ninety-three square miles of the San Gabriel Valley are now under a citrus quarantine because of a bug that could cost California $2 billion. It carries a disease called citrus greening that's been found on a backyard lemon tree in Hacienda Heights. That could lead to a nightmare citrus growers have feared since it first appeared four years ago. We hear what's at stake and what you should look for in your backyard. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, from Bhutan to the UN to the USA: should "Gross National Product" be replaced as a goal by "Gross National Happiness?"

Banner image of Asian citrus psyllid courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture

Producers:
Anna Scott
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Main Topic A Little Bug Could Cause a Lot of Trouble 15 MIN, 3 SEC

From Baldwin Park and West Covina south to La Habra and from El Monte east to Walnut, citrus is under quarantine. If you have an orchard – or just a backyard orange, lemon or grapefruit tree – you're not allowed to take a fruit off the property. What's at stake is nothing less than California's $2 billion citrus industry. We speak with a citrus researcher at UC Riverside and the manager of a family-owned grower in Ventura.

 

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Abandoned Valencia orange grove west of Vero Beach, Florida
January 15, 2011 © David Karp


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Tree from Hacienda Heights that tested positive for HLB
(CDFA removed it last week)

 

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Symptomatic leaf blotches

 

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Symptomatic leaf blotches

To learn more, contact CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org the California Department of Food and Agriculture or phone 800-491-1899


All images courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, unless otherwise noted.

Guests:
David Karp, UC Riverside
Link Leavens, Leavens Ranches

Main Topic Bhutan, the United Nations, and Gross National Happiness 36 MIN, 31 SEC

Bhutan, the United Nations, and Gross National HappinessForty years ago, the King of Bhutan, a Himalayan country of less than a million people, suggested that "happiness" should replace economic output as a measure of human advancement. Last week, his grandson – the current king – led a UN conference on "Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm." Which are the "happiest" countries? Who decides? What are the obstacles to reaching the UN's new goal?

Guests:
Lisa Napoli, Afternoon Anchor (@lisanapoli)
John Helliwell, University of British Columbia
John de Graaf, Happiness Initiative
Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California, Riverside

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