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Chinese Americans feel the pinch of rising green onion prices in the San Gabriel Valley

Chinese Americans in the San Gabriel Valley are feeling the effects of California’s drought at the grocery store, World Journal (世界日報) reports.

The price of green onions increased to nearly a dollar a bunch at the various Asian supermarkets on Valley Boulevard and throughout the San Gabriel Valley, a hike that store employees told World Journal is related to the drought. Green onions, a staple in many Chinese dishes, may still appear affordable — even cheap. But for shoppers used to buying up to 10 bunches for a dollar, the price increase is disconcerting.

Kay Pricola, spokesperson for the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, told World Journal that while green onions can be grown from spring to autumn, the plants are sensitive to excessive heat. Due to the state's severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley — a region that produces green onions — have shifted their focus to less water-intensive produce. Rising water costs and the increase in minimum wage have also forced some farmers to increase prices.

A version of this article was originally published in World Journal. This story was translated from Chinese to English by a volunteer translator. If you notice a mistake in translation, please email our editors at editor@alhambrasource.org.

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