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Reuters reports that if the Trump administration follows through with its threat to shut down the US-Mexico border over immigration issues, it could have an enormous impact on what food stores are able to sell, and in turn, what people are able to eat.

According to the story, “From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand. Nearly half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are grown in Mexico, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture.”

Reuters goes on to say that “in addition to avocados, the majority of imported tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries come from Mexico. While there are other producers of these goods globally, opening those trade channels would take time.”

Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, which is described in the story as “the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world,” tells Reuters that if the border were shut down to commerce, the US would run out of avocados in three weeks. “We would be out of business for a while,” he says.
KC's View:
Forget the political implications of all this. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve just crossed the line. We’re going to have hoarding, maybe guacamole lines stretching as far can see, with people only allowed to buy guac on specific days, depending on their birth date. From there, it will be inevitable … Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! 40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

We had a story the other day about a study saying that more people in America are miserable than ever. Take away access to good guacamole, and you’re going to see that index drop off the charts.