How Will the Kale Shortage Affect You?


The supposed kale crisis may well be overblown.

One hipster panic joke after another has been made in the wake of what appears to be a global kale shortage. But hold onto your beards and spectacles, folks, because there’s debate about how much this supposed kale shortage will actually affect your green juices. The news came about when Bejo Seeds, an Australian farm and one the world’s largest purveyors of the famous leafy green, said that they have run out of nearly every type of kale.

“You could describe it as embarrassing to us, but it’s just one of those things that’s happened on a global basis,” Tony Hubbard, a representative of Bejo Seeds, told ABC News. “It’s caught us out well and truly, we put our hands up to that.”

And they aren’t the only ones. Other farmers have reported tripling or even quadrupling their kale crop in comparison to past years, when it wasn’t as popular.

But there is still speculation about whether the kale shortage in Australia will reach our shores. According to WSMV, the U.S. unit of Bejo Seeds still has its fair share of kale crops, although supply is tight. Modern Farmer recommends reaching for some broccoli instead of kale if you want to do your part, as broccoli has just as many (albeit different) nutrients as its cabbage-like cousin.  If you’re really desperate, Bejo says it will get another shipment of kale sometime in the early fall.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi