Avocado shortage possible with US-Mexico border closure

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(WTNH) — On Friday, March 29th, President Trump spoke about the “very good likelihood” that the border between the United States and Mexico would be closed this week.

In addition to stopping border crossings the move would disrupt trade including food imports. The United States is heavily reliant on imports of fruits and vegetables from Mexico. 

According to Steve Barnard, President and Cheif Executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world, issued a statement to Reuters,

“You couldm’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the U.S. 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”

The effects of this border closing would impact trade and ultimately have consumers see an increase in prices of produce, including avocados.

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