When we travel, we’re often thinking about our destination. What we’re not often thinking about is how our travel may be impacting the locations in which we live and the destinations to which we venture. Bringing fruit, vegetables, plants or herbs home as souvenirs may sound like a good idea, but this act is actually very dangerous to our local landscape. Invasive pests and diseases spread around the globe often by human travel.
One such invasive disease that is threatening California is a citrus disease called Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. HLB has no cure and infected trees die. Nuffer, Smith, Tucker works with the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program to raise awareness of this deadly disease. To protect our state’s iconic citrus trees, we need the support of state and federal agriculture officials, commercial citrus growers, California residents and those traveling to and from California.
As part of our outreach, NST, with the help of WORLDCOM partner IW Group and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, organized a media event at Los Angeles International Airport to inform locals and travelers of the dangers of bringing citrus fruit or plant material in and out of the area when traveling. Here are some photos from the day’s events.