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The Uncomfortable Truth about the Almighty Avocado

Avocados have taken the world by storm. We’ve come to love their incredible health benefits and versatility, and we’ll consume them at any given opportunity. No matter where you brunch, avocado owns the menu, whatever the time or place, there’s always an occasion for the almighty avocado!

The sales of the UK’s favourite superfood have grown phenomenally, with more than a 180% increase since 2013. It’s hardly surprising as avocados tick all the boxes; they’re nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare.

But whilst we all know they are nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare - they do have a massive impact on our environment. 

The Uncomfortable Truth about the Almighty Avocado;

Avocados are often flown 5000 miles in a plane - climate change is very real and this isn't good for our carbon footprint.

In Chile and California, avocado farming is putting immense pressure on water supplies. Avocados require two or three times more water than potato farming – it takes 72 gallons of water to grow just a pound of avocados!

In Mexico, avocados are colloquially referred to as "green gold". But the production of the fruit in Mexico is concentrated in the state of Michoacán. Much of it is controlled by the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, which forces farmers and landowners to give up a percentage of their income and enforcing a tax on fruit sold and land owned.


But all is not lost for avocado lovers, there are small changes you can make to help;

 Cut your avocado consumption down by only eating it on special occasions and make it a real treat
 
Don’t buy ‘pre-made’ guacamole – instead, choose hummus or tzatziki for crudité dipping

As an avocado alternative, try our pea smash instead – delicious. 

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