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Is Biological Warfare to Blame For Our Citrus Blight?

A pest called the Asian Citrus Psyllid has been busy in the citrus groves in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. As a result, you’ll be paying more for oranges, orange juice and other citrus products this winter.

The Food Nation Radio Network has been following this story for the past two years and watched as certain members of the citrus industry in Florida (along with biotech industry help from the University of Florida) have pushed forward an agenda of adopting a genetically modified orange.

How is it possible that the billion dollar citrus industry in the United States is in this position?  Citrus trees affected by citrus greening are destroyed, crop production is at record lows and consumers will be paying the price at the grocery store.

Elizabeth Dougherty spoke with Professor Don Huber about the source of the problem; the pesky Asian Citrus Psyllid.  In a report issued by the USDA, co-authored by Professor Huber, you’ll hear the pest may have been intentionally introduced into the United States as a form of biological warfare and economic sabotage.


About elizabethd

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.