Thanks to America, Weâ€™ve Reached Peak Avocado
Halibutboy Flatface stashed this in Eat drink party
BUTTER FROM TREES. It is a troubled love, our love for guac, but a glorious one too.
Almonds have been the scapegoat for Californiaâ€™s waterÂ crisis, butÂ avocados arenâ€™t far behind. It takes 100 gallons to produce a pound of avocados (whichÂ usually amountsÂ to about two of them).Â ThatÂ translates to filling your bathtubÂ with waterÂ for each avocado you eat. Serve a bowl of guac at your next party, and thatâ€™s more than people inÂ water-inaccessible parts of Africa and AsiaÂ use in a week. Aquifers in Mexico and Chile are being drained faster than replenished, setting up a classic uphill battle, where mountain farmers are planting avocado groves at higher and higher altitudes to co-opt mountain runoff meant for urban growth and economic development in the cities below.
Meanwhile, in the countries that have historically grown the worldâ€™s avocados, the fruit is becoming a vehicle for crime. Mexico is by far the biggest producer, eclipsing second and third place Indonesia and the United States five-fold. Almost three quarters of Mexicoâ€™s crop comes from the state of MichoacĂˇn, where avocados have replaced hard drugs like cocaine and heroin as the currency of the dominant Caballeros Templarios cartel. To its members, avocados have become known asÂ oro verde, or green gold, which they extort from farmers in exchange for security.
And itâ€™s not just avocados, but limes, too. As a result of cartel activity, a temporary lime shortage and price crisisÂ left a sour tasteÂ on last yearâ€™s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Without Mexican avocados, ones produced in the U.S., which are chiefly grown in just California and Florida, would fill only a third of Americaâ€™s insatiable appetite for the fruit. But even that supply is far from stable. In California, dry taps areÂ pushing farmersÂ away from water-heavy crops like almonds, chickpeas, and avocados, in favor of low intensity (but still sufficiently lucrative) ones like grapes and tomatoes.
It's going to be difficult to not think of avocados as a bathtub of water.
Avocados replacing cocaine and heroin as currency for Mexican cartels?
Not even sure what to think about that.Â
Finally, something depreciating faster than fiat currency!
Yes, that's the problem with putting money into produce. Produce spoils!
One of my favorite Twitter accounts is called @RealAvocadoFacts, and today they dropped this gem on us: "if your body is doing allergies remember it's to protect you from an invasion by plants because they are powerful not oligarch powerful but unless it's a shrimp allergy but then think how powerful you are because most of plants don't even think to defend against shrimp".
So not only do avocados give to us of their delicious buttery flesh, but they also dispense WISDOM BOMBS as big and shiny as their seeds!
Avocados are wisdom bombs and butter grenades!Â
That is a wise avocado.
I'm not liking this smear campaign that associates avocados with wasting water and Mexican cartels.