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Border shutdown would hit U.S. palates

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Border shutdown would hit U.S. palates

Border shutdown would hit U.S. palates

Americans could face an avocado shortage and higher prices for fruits and vegetables if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fred Katayama reports.

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Border shutdown would hit U.S. palates

That guacamole or avocado toast you crave could soon cost you more, if you can find it.

American consumers would get hit in the gut if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border.

That's because nearly half of the imported veggies and 40 percent of imported fruit Americans eat come from their southern neighbor - some $137 billion in food imports.

That means tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries, raspberries ... and especially avocados.

Mexico supplies virtually all of the avocados sold in the U.S. right now.

The largest distributor, Mission Produce, says Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports were stopped.

And one consultant says shoppers would be slapped with higher pricetags for Mexican produce.

Mexicans wouldn't be immune from a border closure either.

Their country is the largest importer of refined fuels from the U.S.




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