Can we eat our avocados and have the forest too? An unprecedented appetite around the world for this fruit is leading to illegal deforestation and environmental degradation since Mexico’s farmers can now, theoretically at least, make more growing this exotic fruit than any other crop.

As a result, many have taken to thinning out mature pine forests to make room for young avocado trees, reports Joanna Blythman.

“But what’s so bad about swapping one type of tree for another?” wonders Blythman. “Permanent forest… takes care of itself and acts as a vast carbon sink. Avocado plantations, on the other hand, need repeated cycles of chemical inputs. They drink up irrigation water too, lots of it, putting pressure on local water reserves.”

Read more at The Guardian

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