Hold the Guac! Why Your Produce Might Cost More This Weekend
Hold the guac! You might have to adjust your menu this weekend due to a shortage of items. Recently, Governor Abbot drastically increased border inspections of commercial trucks crossing into Texas from Mexico.
One thing you don't do is piss off truckers, they are a vital part of the American economy. Truckers at the southern border made a very loud and apparent response to Abbott's controversial vehicle-inspection program. The truckers protested the decision for almost a week, according to the Texas International Produce Association.
HOW DID THEY PROTEST?
An estimated $150 million worth of fruit and vegetables were stalled south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The trucker blockade hindered the delivery of items like avocados, limes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and mangoes.
HOW THAT COULD AFFECT TEXANS
Chief executive officer of the TIPA Dante Galeazzi explained, “Going into this Easter weekend, consumers are going to see store shelves devoid of certain items." That means your favorite side dishes like guacamole and salsa might cost a bit more to make this weekend.
As trucks contain to blockade they sit aside roads as their products in the back remain untouched. The issue with the blockade is, that temperatures along the border have hovered close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which can make it difficult for the refrigerated trucks to keep fresh produce cool enough to prevent spoilage.
THE BLOCKADE IS OVER
Luckily Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott and Tamaulipas governor finally reached a fourth and final deal. This deal has put an end to state troopers' increased inspections of commercial vehicles at international bridges that gridlocked commercial traffic throughout the Texas-Mexico border.