'Greening' Disease Threatens California's Citrus Industry
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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
A Little Bug Could Cause a Lot of Trouble ()
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.
Abandoned Valencia orange grove west of Vero Beach, Florida
January 15, 2011 © David Karp
Tree from Hacienda Heights that tested positive for HLB
(CDFA removed it last week)
Symptomatic leaf blotches
Symptomatic leaf blotches
All images courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, unless otherwise noted.
Bhutan, the United Nations, and Gross National Happiness ()
Forty 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?
- 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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