“All fruit growing areas in basically the Great Lakes area, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York State, Ontario, are all basically wiped out,” said Harrow-area orchard owner Keith Wright on Friday. “It’s unheard of.”
A catastrophic freeze has wiped out about 80 per cent of Ontario’s apple crop and has the province’s fruit industry looking at losses already estimated at more than $100 million.
Some growers across Ontario have also lost entire orchards of peaches, sour cherries, pears, plums and nectarines.
“It’s very widespread and the worst that anybody’s seen,” said Brian Gilroy, chairman of the Ontario Apple Growers.
On top of the lost yield or no crop at all, orchard workers and spinoff industries such as juice, packing, storage and farm supplies will be affected.
(What have I been saying about fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice?)
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