Meeting pickers was a highlight, and Carlos is a funny man, who loves and enjoys life. Juan was soft spoken, but very pleasant. Surrounded by oranges in a 360 view pickers come to pick beautiful oranges. To see something so fantastic; from smell; to taste being ripped off the beautiful trees every year is kind of like; watching a friend being torn from your heart. Oranges are wonderful, and they can be used of course for eating, but also to make facial creams, essential oils, body detoxifier mixed with leafy greens and so much more.
Owners of a citrus farm usually hires caregivers, then once or several times per-year depending upon what type of oranges the farmer has; they hire the pickers, processors, packers, then into the global market.
With-all-this-being-said, Secretary of State John Kerry in an assembly/meeting hosted by Ambassador Blake with senior government officials in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 16th, 2014 stated, ‘We are seeing record droughts right now, and they’re already putting a strain on water resources around the world. We’ve already seen in various parts of the world – in Africa, for instance – people fighting each other over water, and we’ve seen more conflicts shaping up now over the limits of water. Back in the United States, President Obama just the other day visited California, where millions of people are now experiencing the 13th month of the worst drought the state has seen in 500 years. And no relief is in sight. What used to be a 100-year or a 500-year event is now repeating itself within 10 years.’ (Kerry J. 2014).
Currently we have had a problem of the Asian Citrus psyllid problem that is and has been reeking-havoc in the California citrus farms, “It’s a small slice of the county’s $67 million ag industry, but a “significant niche crop,” (Turner, M. 2011). Just think what climate change alongside the Asian Citrus psyllid can do to the United States worker, and the global economy?
John Kerry went on to say, ‘When I think about the array of global climate – of global threats – think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – all challenges that know no borders – the reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them. And it is a challenge that I address in nearly every single country that I visit as Secretary of State, because President Obama and I believe it is urgent that we do so.’ Kerry is right, because like any CBRN or E’s (Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and or Explosives), climate change will sneak up on people; just like that! In Port Charlotte Harbor when Hurricane Charley was supposed to pass by and hit Tampa; it veered toward Charlotte Harbor instead and people had literally 20 minutes to stop what they were doing and either stay at their places of work, or go home and bunker down. Some families were ready, but the forecasters kept telling people that it would hit Tampa, but it did not. Nature is unpredictable!
Being a displaced Hurricane victim is not fun at all, but millions of people are displaced all over the globe. It can happen to you or your loved ones at any time. This article is not to frighten you, but to try and prepare your family of what is to come; not what might come; what is to come. Just by using ones Google search engine concerning displaced victims caused by nature; it is wise to not assume what may or may not happen, because that is what millions of others have probably did; just to find them experiencing climate change at its worst.
The video I made today; alongside this article; was to show the world; that if this drought continues people such as I met today will be out of work, people will lose their farms, caregivers will be homeless, pickers will try to find work elsewhere, packing houses will be at a stand-still, processors would lay off everyone, and there will be breadlines once again; as in the great depression. It starts with the farmer, to the caregiver and or pickers, and without them; we would not have the oranges that we do now, because in the interview I asked Carlos, why he felt Caucasians were not picking when they need work and his answer will surprise you. So please watch the video. It is time we put aside all our difference and come together and unit as one people to save one planet that all humans live on.
Get ready, and be prepared for any and all natural events, because nature is our worst enemy, and is just as deadly as any CBRN or E.
Here is the interview link that coincides with the pictures in the slideshow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPSg-55h7Dg&feature=share&list=UUiT7Rqna6...
Kerry, J. 2014. Remarks on Climate Change http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/02/221704.htm (accessed February 17, 2014).
Turner, M. 2011. Growers prepare for bug that carries citrus-killing disease Asian citrus psyllid coming to Northern California, experts worry http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2011/07/29/growers-p... (accessed February 17, 2014).