Climate change having 'terrible impact' on avocados - as food experts recommend alternative

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The fruit boomed globally in the 2010s, becoming associated with millennials and expensive brunch menus. But as its popularity grows, productivity in key growing countries is shrinking due to more volatile conditions.

You may like your smashed avocado on toast but a new report has revealed climate change is having a 'terrible impact' on the popular fruit. The superfood, which is high in fibre and healthy fats, guzzles vast amounts of water as it grows, making it especially vulnerable in a hotter, drier world. The fruit boomed globally in the 2010s, becoming associated with millennials and expensive brunch menus.

She said the expansion of avocado production has compromised access to water for some smallholder farmers. 'It is very likely that the impacts of climate change on water availability will further exacerbate water scarcity issues in these areas,' she added. Just one avocado needs 320 litres of water on average, according to sustainable food expert Honor Eldridge. Some food experts recommend smashed peas with garlic and mint as an alternative toast-topper.


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