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The Caribbean Is Running Out Of Coconuts

  • Disease, neglect have shrunk plantations of now-trendy fruit
  • Farmers struggle to meet export demand, locals go without
Photographer: Ezra Fieser/Bloomberg

At the worst possible time, the Caribbean is running short of one of its most emblematic products.

Rich-world consumers have never been keener on the coconut. Starbucks wants the tropical fruit’s milk for lattes, Rihanna promotes its water as a trendy sports drink, and the price of coconut oil has jumped more than 50 percent in the past year.