A weather phenomenon is starting to affect what’s available in Cayman grocery store produce aisles.
“El Nino,” a description for the weather changes brought by warmer waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is being blamed for drought in Colombia, damaging waves in Peru, heavy rains in California, and cold snaps in Florida and Mexico.
Foster’s Food Fair has advised customers to expect major disruptions in produce supplies from affected areas. Examples include bell peppers and green onions from Mexico, strawberries and watermelons from Florida, and asparagus from Peru. Julian Foster says round tomatoes will be sparse and more expensive while Roma tomatoes are in better supply.
The World Meterological Organisation says this may be one of the strongest “El Nino” cycles in decades, putting tens of millions of people at risk of water shortages, hunger and disease.