Disturbing consequences of eats avocado

Avocados are most popular in areas where they aren’t grown, like North America and the UK, meaning they are imported.

One problem fueling environmental impact

Firstly, there’s the environmental impacts that come from the energy, water, fertilizer, and pesticides required to grow avocados.

Many moving parts of the industry

The resources used for packaging, as well as the energy used in processing, transporting, and keeping the avocados cool are other impacts, says Tom Cumberlege.

Then there’s the export


Not only do they require more water than other produce (twice as much as oranges), but they ironically are often grown in regions that face water scarcity.

Avocados are especially thirsty

 Avocados suck up a lot of water, worsening Mexico and California’s droughts and heatwaves, which makes it harder to grow avocados.

A vicious cycle


Since being declared a superfood and becoming a breakfast obsession, global production has doubled over the past two decades to meet the increasing demands.

Global demand has skyrocketed


Mexico produces more avocados than any country in the world, reportedly providing more than one third of the global total. But at what cost?

A high price

Avocado business reportedly earned one cartel an estimated US$152 million, largely by extorting local farmers with "taxes," and threatening death if they did not oblige. 

And it is green gold indeed

It's a US$2.4 billion-a-year export industry, according to AP News.

It’s more profitable than drugs

According to several news sources, avocado farmers in Mexico reported being extremely unhappy with the wages they receive, on top of the danger of gang violence.

Farmers are generally treated poorly

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