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Growth vs. Market Share: are Hazelnuts the next Apricot or Orange?

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I remember years ago when oranges came from California and the  “Florida Sunshine Tree.”   Our backyard in Whitter,  California was filled with orange groves when I was twelve. Now the orange groves in California and Florida to a great extent are gone.  Oranges are largely imported from Brazil.  Apricot used to come from  California.  Now (according to Martha Stewart this week)  90%  of apricots from from Turkey.

Are hazelnuts the next orange?

Are hazelnuts the next orange?

And now Oregon, the foremost provider of Hazelnuts to the world has decided that imports from Chile are welcomed. Isn’t that how we lost Oranges, Apricots, and Avocados?

Outsourcing of farming makes me nervous.   Look what happened to manufacturing? It’s no wonder unemployment is so high. We are outsourcing the basics of life:  food, manufacturing, and services.

I guess we’ll just be nation of retailers, selling imported hazlenuts from Chile in Oregon.


Written by gettheconcept

January 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

Posted in Farm and Ranch

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