Florida strawberry growers will have to change with the climate

According to University of Florida agricultural researchers working with the Environmental Defense Fund, if Florida's strawberry industry is going to survive climate change, growers must be willing to embrace major changes to how nearly everything is done.

Tampa Bay-based strawberry growers must move north by 2050 to chase the proper growing zone due to global warming. If they don't relocate, growers can anticipate a 17%t decline in early yields, which translates into a monetary loss of 10% per acre, the university report says.

Wholesalers who purchase the strawberries for the market will have to adapt to new realities as well, as will those who deliver the fruit to store shelves.

Source: news.wgcu.org

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