Citrus growers face major problems
LAKE PLACID, Fla. (WSVN) -- A bad bacteria caused major problems for Florida citrus growers.
Florida's lucrative citrus industry is dealing with a bacterial problem called greening disease.
All 32 citrus-growing counties are affected, and the amount of infected crops continues to grow.
Senator Bill Nelson says the industry could have only five years left unless a cure is found.
He is pushing Congress to allocate money for research and a solution. "It will destroy our industry and destroy our way of life," said Nelson. "That's what they all look like. They're tiny, and they stay kind of lime green like that, that's greening."
The bacteria is carried by a small insect called psyllid.
Although the disease does not pose health risks, it stunts the growth and ruins the taste of fruit.
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