Fragility Of Citrus

Oct 27, 2012

In late October, there are many reasons for which to be grateful. Among them, there is the arrival of Louisiana satsumas.

This year, their arrival is bittersweet. By this, I am not referring to their taste. If anything, this might be the sweetest October crop I can remember. However, there will be far fewer Louisiana citrus products on offer at markets, roadside stands and stores than in previous years. Yes, Isaac did a number on our Plaquemines Parish citrus farmers.

What might this mean for the future? Will they replant? Can farmers acquire the financing for their businesses? To rebuild homes?

When you unpeel your next Satsuma, look at it carefully. Consider the fragility of our food system. Changes are here... and some of them are bittersweet.