Most Of Your Asparagus Comes From Abroad These Days. Here's Why.

April 10, 2015 7:49 PM

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Most Of Your Asparagus Comes From Abroad These Days. Here's Why.

A casual supermarket shopper, even one who loves asparagus, may not realize this is so. Fresh asparagus is now available in most U.S. supermarkets all year long. And sales of asparagus have steadily climbed over the past couple of decades as consumers have embraced healthier diets. But the odds have never been lower that the asparagus at your local grocery store was indeed grown domestically.

Why? In the early '90s, two trade agreements -- the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Andean Trade Preference Act -- eliminated protective tariffs on asparagus imported from much of Latin America, unleashing a flood of cheap asparagus on the U.S. market. More recently, the cataclysmic drou...

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