Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mango Madness Threatened by Global Warming

Mango lovers beware! The juicy end of the food crisis will certainly be facing troubled times if predictions about global warming are correct.

There have been 2 news stories about this year's mango harvest in Australia's top end in as many days:

First Queensland, where they aren't exactly sure what caused the poor season. La Niña is one of the culprits because it means moderate weather with higher temperatures. Mangoes need cold nights to produce flowers and fruit.

In the Northern Territory, climate change is being blamed as one of the possible culprits:

When we lived in Katherine in the NT, a warm dry season brought frowns all round from the local mango growers.

Mangoes are are big business as well as a seasonal fruit for private consumption. This promotional fundraiser gives a indication of its iconic status in Oz:
The first tray of mangoes of the season has been bought for a cool $30,000 at Sydney Markets' annual charity auction.
First tray of mangoes sells for $30,000

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