How green are avocados? (Yes, that’s a trick question)

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Avocados have health benefits and there’s no question that they taste good, but are they sustainable? Probably not.

Avocado production is very water-intensive – 60 gallons (227 liters) of water per avocado – and the trees take 10 years to bear fruit. A lot of US avocado supplies come from Mexico where 20,000 hectares of forest per year are converted to agriculture.

Is our avocado toast obsession really worth all the destruction? The answer, as with most things, is it depends.  [CBC]

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