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Garlic Pirates on the High Seas

You’re going to find this hard to believe but here it is. The U.S. Coast Guard just recently made an unusual bust. The crew of the cutter Vigilant was on route from Haiti to the Dominican Republic when their journey was halted. The Coast Guard found it full of 7.800 pounds of garlic valued at $30,000. Now, do you suppose these guys expected to meet up with a lot of vampires?

The reason for stopping them was that often when produce crosses borders authorities are worried that there could be the danger of many pests and plant diseases could be spread. Today China has become the world’s biggest producer of garlic and grows over 70% of the world’s supply. Many countries from the Dominican Republic to Thailand have a garlic-import quota. What happens is that those transporting large quantities of produce often wish to get away with not paying taxes or duty on the cargo. It has been discovered that often shipments of garlic get labeled as ginger or apples.

Presently in this world, the honor of being the epicenter of China’s garlic industry goes to Shandong. But here in the U.S. Gilroy in California is the garlic capital and holds a large garlic festival every year. Now that this giant bust on garlic has been made the garlic farmers of Gilroy can relax but just a little bit because there will be others trying to smuggle in more garlic and then it will become a stiff competition. Gilroy also wants to be known as the garlic capital of the world.

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