Citrus Fruits Baby

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Dominating the agriculture industry that thrives in the United States, citrus fruit, in particular oranges, are the staple crop of Florida. The importance of citrus fruit production to U.S. agriculture as a whole is enormous. Within the United States alone, the consumption of oranges per person is greater than that of any other fruit. In 2011, the average American consumed an astonishing 76.3 pounds of citrus fruit per year (Boriss, 2013, pg. 1). With such a great deal of the average American diet being so heavily reliant on the citrus fruit industry, any disturbances within the industry will have a tremendous effect on the food consumer by Americans, let alone those to whom the food is exported to. For the past several, a disease known as citrus greening, has been ravaging the citrus fruit population throughout Central Florida crippling the local economy and the citrus fruit industry as a whole. Simply stated, citrus greening is a disease which causes citrus fruits to be sour, malformed, and unable to be harvested. The long-term effects of citrus greening will eventually cause the entire tree to die before spreading to the rest of the plants within the citrus grove (Allen, 2011, pg. 1). As a result, the severity of this disease has caused many to question the sustainability of this perennial staple crop for the state of Florida, and the long-term potential impacts it could have on the state’s economy. Because there is such heavy reliance on the sustainability of
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