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A devastating bacterial disease known as citrus greening is now threatening the livelihood of America’s citrus growers and the healthy diets of millions.

To answer that threat, The Organic Center has kicked off a major multi-year study and a $310,000 fundraising campaign to find organic solutions to ward off citrus greening and help organic citrus growers fight the deadly disease without resorting to dangerous chemicals or genetic engineering.

A $45,000 grant from the UNFI Foundation has laid the foundation for the drive. The UNFI Foundation is concerned that the bulk of research thus far to control citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), has focused on conventional strategies that have had only limited success in the short-term, and are not allowed—and thus not even an option—for the organic citrus growers struggling with the disease.

The Organic Center is inviting individuals to help the effort by donations through crowdfunding at