Consequences of Eating Avocados
Avocados are popular in non-growing areas like North America and the UK, so they are imported.
One big problem fueling environmental impact
First, the energy, water, fertiliser, and pesticides used to grow avocados have an environmental impact.
Many moving parts of the industry
Other impacts include packaging, processing, transporting, and cooling the avocados.
Then there’s the export
They not only require twice as much water as other fruits and vegetables (oranges), but are often grown in water-scarce regions.
Avocados are especially thirsty
It is difficult to grow avocados, which means more deforestation in other areas to farm the fruit.
A vicious cycle
To meet rising demand for this superfood and breakfast obsession, global production has doubled in the last two decades.
Global demand has skyrocketed
Due to increased demand, Mexican farmers are expanding their farms, causing deforestation and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
In the avocado-producing province of Petorca, residents' water rights have been violated.
Destroying ecosystems and hurting locals
The plantations allegedly diverted river water to irrigate their crops. Villagers report a regional drought as a result.
Contrary to popular belief, the commodity driving Mexico's economy, particularly in Michoacán, is avocados, or “green gold.”
Driving an economy
Mexico produces more avocados than any other country, accounting for over a third of global production. But how much?
A high price
In Michoacán, cartels and gangs battle for control of the lucrative avocado market.
An attractive market
Forcing local farmers to pay "taxes" and threatening them with death earned one cartel an estimated US$152 million.
And it is green gold indeed
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