Originally Posted by mendozer
i know its because of disease resistance or whatever but if they tolerance in Oregon or Cali, then why not here? They can selectively breed for genetic tolerance towards those pests (or whatever the quarantine is against)
It isn't that easy. If you can actually breed a hop plant that is resistant to some disease, you change other characteristics of the plant and the flavor of the hop. That is IF you can get there with selective breeding.
There are food quarantines in California... fruit flies... a minor pest in a midwest supermarket... a natural disaster in an orange orchard.
Look at it this way: At least you can buy locally, and the local varieties are likely to be the ones that grow best in your climate.