One big problem fueling environmental impact; Avocados are most popular in areas where they aren’t grown, like North America and the UK, meaning they are imported. The farther a food is eaten from where it grows, the greater the impact.
Many moving parts of the industry; Firstly, there’s the environmental impacts that come from the energy, water, fertilizer, and pesticides required to grow avocados.
The resources used for packaging, as well as the energy used in processing, transporting, and keeping the avocados cool are other impacts
Not only do they require more water than other produce (twice as much as oranges), but they ironically are often grown in regions that face water scarcity.
Avocados suck up a lot of water, worsening Mexico and California’s droughts and heatwaves, which makes it harder to grow avocados, which means more deforestation in other areas to farm the fruit, and so forth.
Since being declared a superfood and becoming a breakfast obsession, global production has doubled over the past two decades to meet the increasing demands.
Because of the demand, farmers in Mexico are increasing the size of their farms, which leads to environmental issues including deforestation and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Many major UK supermarkets source their avocados from Chile’s avocado-producing province, Petorca, where residents' water rights have been violated.
The plantations reportedly installed illegal pipes diverting water from rivers to irrigate their crops. As a result, villagers say they're experiencing a regional drought.
A high price; Mexico produces more avocados than any country in the world, reportedly providing more than one third of the global total. But at what cost?