Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Great Lime Shortage of 2014

Hell with droughts, floods, earthquakes caused by fracking we're facing a lime shortage!  Drink prices going through the roof, or even worse Margaritas and Mojitos made with lemon juice!?!?!?!

Fortunately, a tiny parasitic wasp might be our Savior.  Limes in Florida, Texas and California are getting decimated by Huanglongbing, a citrus greening disease.   Huanglongbing is being spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny plant-eating insect.  And the Tamarixia radiate wasp kills these lime-eating psyllids.

The USDA will be spending $1.5 million on a breeding program to increase the numbers of these Tamarixia radiate wasps. The wasps will be released in Florida, Texas and California.  And believe it or not, Congress has appropriated $125 million to a fund for preventing Huanglongbing over the next five years.  You go Congress!

John Boehner may hate clean air, endangered species and poor people, but don't fuck with his Mojito.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Too bad he does not care as much for the American citizens as he does for his Mojito.

May 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Again I am in the forefront of everyone. We planted several lime and lemon trees couple years ago and they are producing lots of fruit for us. I would ship them out but my shipping and handling fee is high :)

May 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link doesn't have the article, but the examples are 2 red states and the red part of a blue state.

No doubt some billionaire agribusinesses got affected and that's why they are getting help.

And Hey I use Limes for Thai Cooking as well as Cuba Libre's


May 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Maybe we will really get lucky and find that these wasps also gravitate to the ultra-right wingers in Florida and that their sting is fatal. We can only hope.

May 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: For Boehner and his ilk, it's Booze Über Alles.

Jess: Maybe you could sell them to your neighbors at outrageously inflated prices :)

Erik: You're right about 2 red states and the red part of a blue state. And I'm sure a few billionaire "farmers" arranged for this government "help."

Mr. C: LOL. That would sure be a great bonus.

May 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM  

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