There’s a global boom in demand for avocados. In the US, demand nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015. But supply has gone down, and prices have gone up. The pressure of this market has driven deforestation and water shortages in avocado-growing areas like Michoacan state in Mexico.
What’s a guacamole lover to do? Does buying California avocados make a difference? Or only eating them in season? And when is avocado season anyway? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Renee Kemp, and you.
Edgar González Godoy, general director of Rainforest Alliance México
Marc Bellemare, associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, and director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy
Scott Murray, organic avocado grower for Edge of Urban Farm in San Diego County, and president of the South Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council
Marc Bellemare: Avocadonomics
Scott Murray: Edge of Urban Farm
Ecosystem Marketplace: Taking the Deforestation out of Avocados
Grist: Peak Avocado
Food Tank: Thirst for Avocado Leaves Plantations Dry
Independent: Demand for avocados destroying Mexico's pine forests
Michigan State University Extension: Avocado consumption: environmental and social considerations