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American press more concerned about avocado shortage than invasion

American press more concerned about avocado shortage than invasion

President Trump: “Security is more important to me than trade.”

We have been covering the migrant caravans and the immigrant invasion supported by social justice activists for many months.

After the recent launch of the largest of these caravans from Central America, President Donald Trump is now threatening to close the southern border with Mexico.

In remarks from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump reiterated his threat to shut the border if Mexico, America’s third largest trading partner, cannot restrict a flow of asylum seekers trying to cross into the United States. But the president’s economic team, concerned about the damage from such a move, said it was looking for ways to limit the fallout if Mr. Trump does do so.

“Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “but security is most important.”

“Security is more important to me than trade,” he said.

It is quite clear to most Americans  prefer security over  trade, so Trump’s priorities are correct.

However, it appears that our press is more concerned about their specialty salads and sandwiches. The focus of many reports on the impending closure center on the potential of shortages of that life-essential food substance, the avocado.

Speaking to Reuters, Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world, said Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped.

Last week, Trump said here was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border if Mexico did not stop migrants from reaching the United States.

The U.S. imports about $137 billion in food through the border with Mexico, and that includes about 90 percent of the imported avocados purchased by American consumers.

Other fruits and vegetables could be impacted as well.

…Fresh tomatoes, peppers, melons and eggplant for the whole country would soon be in short supply.

“Probably over half of what most consumers put in their shopping bag when it comes to fresh produce, they would find reduced quantities and higher prices,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

Given the fact that there is wave-after-wave of immigrants crashing the border and either illegally entering or manipulating the asylum rules for entry, I think I can live on canned fruits and vegetables. The chronic failure of our national legislature to address illegal immigration, its costs on domestic security and the economy, and its danger to public health has created a slow-stream invasion that must be stopped.

I suspect most Americans outside of the Beltway and Left Coast can live without avocados as well. Perhaps some Legal Insurrection readers may have been old enough to have lived through the rationing of World War II.

Rationing regulated the amount of commodities that consumers could obtain. Sugar rationing took effect in May 1943 with the distribution of “Sugar Buying Cards.” Registration usually took place in local schools. Each family was asked to send only one member for registration and be prepared to describe all other family members. Coupons were distributed based on family size, and the coupon book allowed the holder to buy a specified amount. Possession of a coupon book did not guarantee that sugar would be available. Americans learned to utilize what they had during rationing time.

While some food items were scarce, others did not require rationing, and Americans adjusted accordingly. “Red Stamp” rationing covered all meats, butter, fat, and oils, and with some exceptions, cheese. Each person was allowed a certain amount of points weekly with expiration dates to consider. “Blue Stamp” rationing covered canned, bottled, frozen fruits and vegetables, plus juices and dry beans, and such processed foods as soups, baby food and ketchup. Ration stamps became a kind of currency with each family being issued a “War Ration Book.” Each stamp authorized a purchase of rationed goods in the quantity and time designated, and the book guaranteed each family its fair share of goods made scarce, thanks to the war.

I can hardly imagine today’s press covering Pearl Harbor or D-Day, if it is already fainting over no avocados.


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UnCivilServant | April 3, 2019 at 11:13 am

I, for one, would not notice a shortage, or even absense, of avocado.

It’d be great if the smugglers switched from opiates and refugees to avocados and melons.

If it takes 3 weeks to run out of avacados,
how long does it take to run out of Sex Trafficed Children?

American Human | April 3, 2019 at 11:26 am

I expect that there are other ways to get fresh vegetables to our plates than via truck through Mexico.
That’s the beauty of the Free Market. If people want fresh vegetables and are willing to pay, the “Market” will find a way to get it to them.
It will continue until it reaches a level of what people won’t pay. This is why pricing is so important. It sends valuable information to those in The Market.
When that limit is reached, some new Rockefeller somewhere will figure a way to get it done.

    Another Voice in reply to American Human. | April 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    That’s the beauty of a Free Market. It’s a two way street. Not that we will be receiving the products they have ready to ship, but those who are the producers with their perishable products (like our milk producers who had this experience under NAFTA and had to dump) will end up dumping and losing any of their investment return. The onus will be on the Mexican government for creating the situation for not taking the initiative to curb their illegal immigrant population (now stuck in Mexico). Also, the economic loss of an open market and the derived government revenue will take a toll greater on the south side of the border. The Mexican farm market producers, middlemen, buyers and shippers will pay a greater price for their government policies then the loss of a season of avocados then for those north of the border. The Mexican government bought into and brought this upon themselves to play politics on the issue of supporting and abetting the border crossing deluge to their detriment. Time for the whiners to grow a Victory Garden!

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Another Voice. | April 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      RE: “Time for the whiners to grow a Victory Garden!”


      It is Spring
      Planting Time!!!!!

The reality is tinned tomatoes are just as tasty as fresh these days. Im sure you guys will survive although perhaps I should start a gofundme so we can send you guys some supplies through this difficult time 🙂

bobinreverse | April 3, 2019 at 11:31 am

No worries Beto has already figured a substitute for avacados. For msm this would be rare thing that Trump and Beto would agree.

    Observer in reply to bobinreverse. | April 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm


    Now all we need is a substitute for the rule of law.

    Because the left’s “hey, we only have to obey laws that we personally agree with” is not going to end well — especially after the rest of America starts playing by the same rules.

Whatever. But if he closes the border, HEB is going to resemble a Venezuelan supermarket.

    gonzotx in reply to txvet2. | April 3, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I have seen complete families of Central Americans at HEB right off the trails
    Looking like they are in Disney

amatuerwrangler | April 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

I don’t remember the rationing, being born during it. But I heard stories around the kitchen table, especially if my brother or I issued negative comments on quantity or quality of food, many centered my father getting a copy of my birth notice from the hospital and showing up at the County to get “my” ration book. In addition to some food stuffs, they got extra gasoline (for Dr visits) and some kind of credit towards car tires for the same. Dad was near tears when the clerk cut the coupon for shoes out of my book saying, “he won’t be needing these for a while.”

You didn’t need to live through it. Just growing up with, and under the wings, of those who did — not to mention the Depression — gave one a valuable outlook on life. I’ll do fine without avacados.

Morning Sunshine | April 3, 2019 at 11:43 am

good thing garden season is coming soon, right? Now I won’t miss tomatoes and peppers from Mexico….

buckeyeminuteman | April 3, 2019 at 11:48 am

The Babylon Bee just wrote an article about this awhile back

I see this as a two-fold blessing. More people would plant victory gardens at home and more Americans could be put to work in the farming industry here in the US. Forget eating e-coli covered produce from Mexico.

Wait…. whut?

Just a few months ago the wacko progs were telling us that avocados cause global warming.

Now they can’t live without them?

Millenials and spoiled media types must have heir little salads.

The rest of us also love avocados. But we love our counry more.

It will be known throughout future history that the democrat media fiddled with avocados while America burned.

Comanche Voter | April 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Holy Guacamole! How is my favorite local Mexican restaurant going to handle an avocado shortage? OTOH this morning I had some blueberries with my cereal. Over the last six months they have come from Peru, Chile, Mexico or California. I suspect that if a Berkeley Hipster really needs his avocado toast, some avocadoes can come up via air freight.

Aren’t avocados also grown in CA?

    Observer in reply to Concise. | April 3, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, and also southern Florida and Hawaii. In fact, the U.S. is the world’s #3 producer of avocados. Mexico and Brazil are #1 and #2. California alone harvests about 400 million pounds of avocados each year.

    txvet2 in reply to Concise. | April 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    A caller on Rush reminded us a few minutes ago that the leftists pretty much decimated the California avocado (and other truck farm) business to make sure there was enough water for (IIRC) snail darters.

      SDN in reply to txvet2. | April 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Delta smelt.

      Observer in reply to txvet2. | April 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      They haven’t helped, but CA is still producing lots of avocados. The 2018 harvest, which was estimated to come in at @ 375 million pounds, suffered due to the record high heat in July, and ended up being @ 338 million pounds. Still, it’s a lot of avocados.

        bw222 in reply to Observer. | April 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

        Since I haven’t had an avocado in 30 years so someone can have my share.

          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to bw222. | April 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm

          The Avocado Lobby
          must have given Billions
          to our Congress Critters in the past few years…..

    Geologist in reply to Concise. | April 3, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    When I lived in CA (San Fernando Valley), one neighbor had one avocado tree. Every year, he put out bushel baskets full of avocados for the neighbors to help themselves. I think we can survive without Mexican avocados!

It will be amusing though to learn of the imaginative new smuggling techniques used to get those avocados across the border. Time for an “Avocado Mule” movie, if Eastwood is up to it.

This should clarify the economic benefits of simply revising our maniacal “asylum” laws and regs. A simple paperwork (i.e., legislative & bureaucratic) fix, and much cheaper than closing the border. Or, for that matter, building a wall.

Fixing “asylum” abuse wouldn’t do anything about smuggling, but it would stop the “caravans” cold.

Of course our elites are more concerned about avocados than a threat to national security. They experience no ill effects of open borders within their walled and guarded enclaves, but not having avocado on their sandwich or salad or California roll directly affects their quality of life!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Socratease. | April 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Make them feel the pain…….

    PersonofInterests in reply to Socratease. | April 4, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Exactly right. How about pulling an “Obama” and dropping off about 4,000 illegal alien children in the neighborhood of America’s First (and America’s Worst)? We bet they’d love living near his $8 Million walled mansion like paid for by one of the Anarchy Billionaires. Obama sprinkled these people all across the U.S. and didn’t have the decency to inform locals who ended up having to pay for their presence; wouldn’t reveal where or how many when asked.

    We need to stop “forking” around with this issue and gift wrap and deliver a few thousand of these illegal alien cockroachces where they will produce maximum attention. Do the same to the sympathetic scum in the Socialist Media, and all others who think it is so wonderful to find these little b@stards in the neighborhoods of others, but NOT theirs. PAIN PROMOTES CHANGE.

Albigensian | April 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm

“rationing covered all meats”

Well, almost all meats. Horsemeat was not rationed:

If those hundreds of millions of dollars of profit from drug smuggling disappear, how will our astounding large population of corrupt politicians get paid? THAT is the economy our elected crooks are whining about. Is there anyone left who still doesn’t believe that our governors, mayors, congressmen and senators are any different from the crooked Mexican politicians?

Close The Fed | April 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Trump’s bluster on this is useless.

The country is dying. In slow motion, but dying.

Do it, or just admit the swamp can’t be beat.

The ONLY solution [and dream] at this point is 10,000,000 armed American citizen-patriots head to the border, and blast away at everyone coming over illegally. We need piles of dead, stinking bodies rotting in the sun. And then hunt and find all illegals in the country and do the same. The gubmint would crap their pants … and wouldn’t dare arrest 10,000,000 citizen patriots. They wouldn’t dare.

That’s what it will take to protect our sovereignty, language, and culture … because the gubmint [aka elected politicians] aren’t going to do squat. And that includes Trump. It’s that … or we become a Spanish-speaking, 3rd-world craphole country. The handwriting is on the wall … but I don’t read Spanish.

For years Mexico has dumped its problem of a high birth rate with low economic development
by dumping its surplus population upon the United States. And now they. are colluding with
Honduras, et al to do the same. Trump made a mistake in continuing the open economic door
with Mexico–he should have told theMexican government that either theysafeguard their side of the border, they can try to survive on what is essentially a bare sustenance economy–no sales to the U.S., no more financial bail outs. Second, prosecutions should be initiatedagainst enablers of the caravans–both in the US and in Mexico–for conspiracy to violate American immigration laws. And why haven’t the Republicans in the Senate passed new legislation to remedy the defects in the existing immigration laws and put the traitors now controlling the House on the spot. And last we should have–as virtually every country in the world has–conterfeit proof identity cards for citizens–so anyone without one should be easily picked and dumped back .

PersonofInterests | April 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Having been in the Fresh Produce Business for decades and importing Fresh Produce Commodities from all over the World, there was never a commodity that could not be secured from an alternate source. If not Mexico, then another stands at the ready for America’s Avacado Appetite.

U.S. Importers have imported Avacadoes from countries other than Mexico before, e.g., Chile, and there are always Avocadoes available from Florida albeit the variety is not the Haas Variety that is favored by those seeking fruit with higher oil content.


Our Country is being invaded by illegal aliens that given the awful reactions by the Establishment Uniparty of Politicians all sworn to defend our Republic, would likely react the same if they were Russian or Communist Chines Troops instead.



Latus Dextro | April 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Send the US virtue signalling MSM to their friends in New Zealand. They’re all on the same page. New Zealand avocados are arguably the most expensive in the World. They can console themselves with the idea they are supporting a minority Left wing government run by PM Ardern, the former President of the International Union of Socialist Youth and devoted eco-Marxist globalist, with all that is implied.