Cinco de Mayo looks bleak for margarita lovers as #limeageddon looms
Not only have Mexican lime farmers had to deal with bad weather and plant disease, but a drug cartel has discovered that hijacking lime shipments is pretty profitable. PolicyMic reports:
Mother Nature had already been threatening Mexican limes for a while: A severe drought was followed by the spread of a bacterial disease (huanglongbing) that attacks citrus trees, then by a harsh winter that killed tree blossoms. As the lime supply grew more and more valuable, a Mexican gang saw an opening for an investment opportunity.
As a result the price of limes has quadrupled over the last year.
Limes are integral to Mexican food and cocktails so this doesn’t bode well for upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities.
There are some deniers.
But the crisis is real.
Bars and restaurants are being forced to take extreme measures
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