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Vanilla Tremor

Touch the Soil News #817 (Feature photo – Vanilla Cultivation – Bras Panon – public domain) In 2017, America has become too familiar with hurricane damage. However, around the other side of the world, the island nation of Madagascar was hit with a powerful cyclone in March. The trouble stems from the fact that 80 percent of the world’s vanilla comes from Madagascar, where 30 percent of the vanilla crop was destroyed. The vanilla shortage has caused prices around the world to surge – in some cases over six times the price last year. Vanilla prices have surged from $89 per pound to over $500 per pound. Unlike other crops,…

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