US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes

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first_img Read more This article is more than 3 months old Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 3 months old US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes Mexico border US-Mexico border US immigration Topics Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Mexico … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. President says there is a ‘good likelihood’ he will close border this week if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching US US politics ‘We’re one community’: border cities fear Trump’s crackdown Mexico’s avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels Read more US consumers would run out of avocados in three weeks if Donald Trump makes good on his threat to close down the US–Mexico border.Trump said on Friday that there was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States. Staff and agencies in New Yorkcenter_img Farming Mon 1 Apr 2019 11.26 EDT Share via Email US-Mexico border Since you’re here… Shares6,6196619 Support The Guardian As changing palates have increased demand for fresh produce, and a greater variety of it, the United States has increasingly come to depend on Mexico to meet that need.Imports have nearly tripled since 1999. In that period, Mexico has gone from supplying less than a third of imported produce to 44% today.In addition to avocados, the majority of imported tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries come from Mexico. While there are other producers of these goods globally, opening those trade channels would take time, said Ganley. Avocados during harvest at an orchard in Mexico, where nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown.Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Last modified on Tue 2 Apr 2019 05.11 EDT Americas But a complete shutdown would disrupt millions of legal border crossings in addition to asylum seekers, as well as billions of dollars in trade, about $137bn of which is in food imports.From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the US is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand.Nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown in Mexico, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture.Avocados would run out in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped, said Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world.“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the US right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so,” said Barnard.Monica Ganley, principal at Quarterra, a consultancy specializing in Latin American agricultural issues and trade, said that a border closure would inevitably hit consumers.“We’re absolutely going to see higher prices. This is a very real and very relevant concern for American consumers.”The US and Mexico trade about $1.7bn in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5m American jobs.The effects of a shutdown would run both ways.Mexico is the largest importer of US exports of refined fuels like diesel and gasoline, some of which moves by rail. It is unclear if rail terminals would be affected by closures. Fruit Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more