All that green goodness you’ve been munching on is really beginning to add up, so much so that Mexican farms and farmers are suffering due to our immensely high demand for this nutrient-dense, highly-exportable fruit.
Mexican farmers have already expanded their orchards to make room for avocado trees by beginning to cut down pine forests in the mountains of Michoacán, which is the state where the most avocados are grown because the climate and altitude is ideal. But since the peso has dropped 16 percent to the dollar this year, Mexicans are frantically needing more avocados to export. These go-to staples are worth a lot and if they can produce enough, they can help them out of the recession.
But at the cost of so many things.
The Register- Guard says that “Beyond the displacement of forests and the effects on water retention, the high use of agricultural chemicals and the large volumes of wood needed to pack and ship avocados are other factors that could have negative effects on the area’s environment and the well-being of its inhabitants.” The people of Mexico will suffer as well as there will be less land for them to live and prosper as it becomes over populated with avocado trees.
Pretty sad, right?
We’re not saying it’s time to cut out avocados completely but, try and cut back on the extra guac and if you simply can’t, then splurge on those delicious Californian avocados because those few cents more you’ll be spending will have a huge impact on the environment.