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.
— Kevin Meyer (@kmeyerpdx) May 1, 2014
Limes are integral to Mexican food and cocktails so this doesn’t bode well for upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities.
— Mike Beattie (@GatorMAB) May 2, 2014
— Bloomberg Business (@business) May 2, 2014
There are some deniers.
@BloombergNews such a stupid crisis. White people problems…..
— Elias Ness (@eliasnmrk) May 2, 2014
Lime crisis or genius Cinco de Mayo marketing ploy? #limeshortage
— Geneva Ives (@SaidGeneva) May 2, 2014
But the crisis is real.
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) May 1, 2014
@TheStalwart Is that a lemon?
— Sydney Kramer (@CrepesofWrath) May 2, 2014
— Lynn Kittel (@Kittellynn) May 1, 2014
— Casey Moeckel (@CMoecks) May 1, 2014
— Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) May 2, 2014
Bars and restaurants are being forced to take extreme measures
— chelsea brasted (@cabrasted) May 2, 2014
— Mathew Passy (@MathewPassy) April 25, 2014
On the other hand, if life gives you limes … hey wait, you son-of-a-bitch, get back here! Get him, you guys, he has limes! #limeshortage
— dannymoe (@danmoser1961) May 2, 2014