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Inconsistent deliveries and shortages of fertilizers and pesticides are affecting the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables and threatening the next growing cycle, according to a joint statement this month from produce associations across North America.
Given the perishable nature of produce, shipping delays and a lack of refrigerated containers have led to “major losses of products and sales,” the statement said. Additionally, rising prices and a lack of availability of fertilizers and pesticides — which can only be applied during certain times of the crop cycle — could impact future yields.
The effects could be long-lasting, according to the statement signed by the United Fresh Produce Association, among other groups. “These include: bankruptcies, legal disputes, industry consolidation, inflation, inaccessible food supplies, and many more. Time is against us, and the necessity of addressing these challenges now cannot be understated.”