The real cost of that avocado toast

Yes, I’ve succumbed (many times) to the joys of avocado toast. But now, after hearing a piece on the BBC about the many challenges Mexican avocado growers face—including kidnapping, extortion and having to create their own police department to protect themselves—I’m  looking at these tasty green globes in a whole new way.

Criminals certainly have a track record of turning anything into currency—think of the Mafia’s takeover of garbage collection in Naples and, who knew!, olive oil.

But I was still a bit surprised and certainly disheartened to learn that hardworking farmers were putting their livelihood, and potentially lives, on the line to keep those avocados heading north. And, oh look, there’s more bad news: avocados are also causing deforestation and water shortages.

I currently have 3.5 avocados in my fridge but after that??? Maybe I need to switch to kale. 

 

 

 

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