Brother, Can You Spare a Lime?

Friday, April 11, 2014

A crate of key limes ready for juicing. (Sarah P. Reynolds)

David Karp, produce columnist for the Los Angeles Times and citrus researcher with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC-Riverside, explains the lime shortage going on right now - what is causing it, what it means for consumers and the restaurant industry, and how it is affecting farmers in Mexico, where 95% of limes bought in the US are grown.

Comments [5]

There aren't 40 limes in a case, there are more like 175 - 235 limes depending on the count. Cases of limes used to be available in Chinatown for $20 to $25/case depending on season.

Apr. 11 2014 12:03 PM
katie from Brooklyn

Most bars in brooklyn i have worked at received their citrus from Dairyland. A huge restaurant supply company. I would ask what they project for cost and availability...

As of now, i think its too soon to tell.

Apr. 11 2014 11:54 AM

@Jeb- GMO's ARE one of the problems. you'd be hysterically funny, if it weren't so serious an issue..

btw- why is there not a lemon shortage,are they not grown in the same climes?

Apr. 11 2014 11:47 AM

No Jeb, there is no proof that ingested GMO strains are safe.

The only way that could have been proven would have been to notify consumers when GMO foods are introduced on the labels & track all ensuing happenings - early periods in girls, increased obesity from some foods, etc.

Add in the GMO & antibiotic use in feed animals & the consumer cocktail is an uncontrolled experiment because the subjects are NOT aware & have no options to report back to the mfrs./distributors, etc.

Apr. 11 2014 11:46 AM
Jeb from Brooklyn

This is the future of food.

Drought, water scarcity in general, environmental pollution, disease, growing consumer demand and declining arable land will continue to impact the nutritional quality and availability of all sorts of food crops.

Until the public is willing to embrace GMO and other safe technologies, we'll continue to see an escalation in food shortages.

It won't be those of us in the wealthiest economies who will suffer (aside from fewer limes for our alcoholic drinks) -- it will be the poor who bear the brunt of our unfounded techno- and chemophobias.

We cannot feed 21st century populations with 19th century agriculture.

This isn't tomorrow's news; it's today's

Apr. 11 2014 10:32 AM

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