06 May '12, 9am

Alphonso Mango Shortage Blamed on Climate Change

Alphonso Mango Shortage Blamed on Climate Change

It's the season of the year for Alphonso mangoes, those delicious, juicy, fragrant (and expensive) fruits from India. Here in London they bring them in by the plane load, with stacks of them appearing every morning, fresh from the fields (a shame about the high carbon footprint). But all is not well: this year's harvest in India will be 50% lower than last year. That translates into a huge loss in fruit and trade for the farmers. The problem is the changing weather conditions. The Alphonsos are a bit like French wine, they need a very special mix of weather and the right kind of soil to produce the delectable fruit. This year winter was unusually cold and it lasted a long time. Much lower temperatures during the night, in contrast to the day, killed the baby mangoes which are not used to such conditions. A cyclone in December and an early heatwave did not help matters. Thi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/mango-shortage-b...

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