Current Event: Orange Uh OH!!

January 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm (Uncategorized)

The coldest winter in years is not only freezing us from our noses to our toes, but its also threatening the existence one of America’s favorite fruits.  Florida, which is usually one of the only states that is not affected by a climate change in the winter, has seen some temperatures in the teens.  This very low climate is affecting the growth of citrus plants.  Florida is one of the only places in America that can grow citrus fruits because its temperature stays consistent year-round.  Temperatures in Miami, which would normally be around 70 degrees at this time of year, barely reached the 40s yesterday.  Citrus plants can’t live in temperatures of 20 degrees or less for more than four hours.  This sudden drastic drop in temperature could be trouble for the orange juice market.  According the the article, “Florida citrus is a $9.3 billion industry. The state produces three-quarters of the United States’ orange crop and 40 percent of the world’s orange juice supply.”  So, if these oranges and other citrus fruits fail to live through the brutal winter, the amount of money spent to get the citrus market back on track could cost a lost of money not to mention the time citrus workers would have to work.  In conclusion, this potential freeze of the citrus orchards could greatly affect the economy and cause the loss of jobs.  Citrus farmers are already working 7 days a week and there is no way that they can work any harder than they already are.


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