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Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

| October 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

The majority of the nation’s pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year’s harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that’s been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.

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Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren’t Free Of Antibiotics

Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren’t Free Of Antibiotics

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.

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