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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.