This morning I was listening to the radio show....
Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
This morning I was listening to the radio show that I usually listen to, and they were joking about the ban on avocados from Mexico. The reason the subject came up is because there was just an awfully expensive commercial that played during the Super Bowl advertising the avocados imported from Mexico. The ban took effect the day before the big game. According to reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection (USDA-APHIS) said it was pausing its avocado inspections in Michoacan after one of its officers received a threatening call to his official cell phone. Unfortunately, Michoacan is the only Mexican state that is authorized to export the avocados to the United States. Because of this ban we will now be seeing a shortage of another product here in the states. It is estimated the over 90 percent of the avocados that we use in the U.S. during the winter months come from Mexico. Besides Mexico, we also receive avocados from California, but low rainfall has affected the size of the fruit and the size of the crops. The last time that we saw a shortage of avocados it led to a significant rise in price. If this ban is not lifted soon avocados will become exceedingly rare and awfully expensive, if you can find them. If you find yourself not being able to find avocados, below are some alternatives people use instead.
- Smashed Bananas
- Nut Butters
- Raw Seeds
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