Disturbing consequences of eating avocados
Driving an economy: Contrary to what some believe, the commodity that is feeding American obsession and driving Mexico’s economy
Destroying ecosystems and hurting locals: Many major UK supermarkets source their avocados from Chile’s
Global demand has skyrocketed: Since being declared a superfood and becoming a breakfast obsession, global
Avocados are especially thirsty: Not only do they require more water than other produce twice as much as oranges
Illegal activity: The plantations reportedly installed illegal pipes diverting water from rivers to irrigate their crops.
A vicious cycle: Avocados suck up a lot of water, worsening Mexico and California’s droughts and heatwaves, which makes it harder to grow avocados
Many moving parts of the industry: Firstly, there’s the environmental impacts that come from the energy, water, fertilizer, and pesticides required to grow avocados.
Then there’s the export: The resources used for packaging, as well as the energy used in processing, transporting, and keeping the avocados cool are other impacts
One big problem fueling environmental impact: Avocados are most popular in areas where they aren’t grown, like North America and the UK, meaning they are imported.