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If the Mexican Border Shuts Down, the US Would Run Out of Avocados in Three Weeks

by Eben Diskin Apr 1, 2019

Regardless of your political affiliations, you might want to seriously consider where you stand on President Trump’s threat to shut own the USMexico border, as the consequences won’t just relate to immigration. A border shutdown could quickly cause an avocado shortage — Mexico supplies 44 percent of the imported produce in the US.

According to Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world, and as reported by NBC News if imports from Mexico are shut down, Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks — a nightmare scenario for many millennials.

On Friday, President Trump threatened to close the border this week if Mexico did not “stop all illegal immigration coming to the US” through the southern border. In addition to totally disrupting border crossings for just about everyone, it would also totally derail the food import industry. “You couldn’t pick a worse time,” said Barnard. “Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the US right now.”

And it’s not just avocados that would take a hit, either. Many of the imported tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries, and raspberries also come from Mexico, and so does mezcal in case you forgot.

H/T: NBC News

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