Why Tomatoes Will Soon Be Impossible To Find

Food shortages have forced people to rethink their shopping habits, and now another key item is scarce. Tomatoes, avocados, cream cheese, chickpeas, and olive oil are scarce.

This time, the California drought is to blame, preventing farmers from accessing the water needed to grow the adaptable vegetable. Salsa and spaghetti sauce are more expensive due to a shortage.

Mike Montana, president of the California Tomato Growers Association, blames a lack of rain for the state's current tomato scarcity. We are running out of stock and will soon be unable to meet

A fifth of the world's tomatoes are grown in California, which is currently experiencing a catastrophic drought that has fueled massive wildfires and depleted reservoirs.

Due to a lack of rain, farmers have had to abandon their parched tomato fields. According to CNN Business, drought weather has led 37% of farmers to destroy their current crops.

According to a survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation, a lobbying group that promotes agricultural interests, this is up from 24% in 2017.

A lobbying group's survey says this is up from 24% in 2017. Drought-resistant crops are popular. Because of the drought, experts can't say how long the tomato shortage will last.

As a result of rising costs, processing plants in Williams, Lemoore, and Stockton, California shut down, reducing the number of markets available to California's tomato farmers.

Low inventories at the start of 2020 limited global supply. Panicked customers who stocked up before the pandemic worsened the situation. Rising prices have burdened consumers.

New price hikes will likely become apparent very soon, if they haven't already. Bloomberg notes that the cost of tomato paste has increased by 17% and that of ketchup by 23% over the past year.

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