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How would you stop a vineyard apocalypse?

| | August 15, 2013

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Imagine a bacterial scourge that was silently spreading from vineyard to vineyard, striking down grapevines in their prime, bankrupting wineries and threatening to turn even the most basic of wines into a rare luxury. Take a deep breath. It’s fiction, for now. But it’s a horrible reality for farmers who produce another of our favorite beverages: orange juice. Since 2005, bacteria has been spreading through orange groves from Florida to California, inflicting a disease called citrus greening. Infected trees produce small, sour oranges.

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