David Karp is a pomologist and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He recently wrote about the "Medfly," or Mediterranean fruit fly, quarantine affecting local farmers markets. This map outlines the affected area.
Farmers are under strict guidance by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which is trying to erradicate the fruit fly. Vendors must cover their goods with mosquito netting to ward off the insects.
Potential fruit fly targets include most fruit, with the exception of strawberries, blackberries and rasberries, and a few vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Consumers are asked not to compost these items while the quarantine is in effect.
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