FROM David Karp
Lime Shortage Puts the Squeeze on 'La Cocina Mexicana' California may be the world's food basket, but its annual production of limes is just five million pounds. Mexico exports 800 million. But suddenly, there's a shortage and the price has skyrocketed.
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 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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.