The country's all a twitter with the latest guac news

Jan 12, 2009

The creamy, healthy complement to spicy, crunchy nachos - avocados - may be in short supply this spring, according to a Los Angeles Times story that has been picked up all over the nation. California farmers expect to harvest the smallest avocado crop since 1990 and possibly even as far back as 1980, the story said, and prices will creep higher.

"Holy guacamole," joked  LA Times reporter Jerry Hirsch in promoting the story on his Twitter account.

For the article, Hirsch spoke to UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor Ben Faber to get his take on California's looming avocado deficit. He assured Hirsch that, even in the absence of California avocados, growers in other parts of the world with keep Americans in guacamole.

"Mexico is so huge that if they see good prices here, they will divert fruit up here to capture those higher prices. And that drives up prices in Mexico too, so it is very clever," Faber was quoted in the story.

Here are a few of the places the Times' California avocado story appeared:

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By Jeannette E. Warnert
Author - Communications Specialist