Attention ! This popular fruit could soon disappear due to climate change!

Avocados require a lot of water to grow. But droughts are increasing all over the world.
Hinatea Chatal Hinatea Chatal 05/18/2024 4:30 p.m. 4 mins

When we talk about extinction, we often think of animal species. But the fruits and vegetables can also disappear due to rising global temperature or lack of water. This is the case of a very popular and widespread fruit in the world : the lawyer.

In fact, the regions producing this fruit are particularly affected by climate change and/or drought. Consequence: the lawyer could well disappear from our shelves by 2050. Yes, sometimes global warming has consequences that were, to say the least, unexpected.

It was the media The Independent which revealed the information this Monday, May 13. THE Burundi, Chile, Peru,SpainSouth Africa and Mexico are among the countries that produce the most avocado. But for some time now, the latter have seen their production decline due to climate change.

THE droughts are becoming more and more violent due to rising global temperatures. Gold, the avocado tree requires a lot of water to push. (around 180L of water per day for a single tree!). In a hotter, drier world, this fruit rich in fiber and good fats risks disappearing.

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Depending on the speed of global warming, the fields where avocados are grown likely to decrease by 14 to 41% by 2050reports the media. -31% for the world’s leading producer, the Mexico and this, even if the global temperature did not exceed +2°C.

In the worst case scenario, if we reach the +5°C, the potential Mexican cultivation area would be reduced by 43%. Same in Burundi. “Climate change is a huge problem, especially for avocado growers“, explains Jolis Bigirimana, farmer of the commodity and president of Farmer’s Pride Burundi to The Independent.

The production of an avocado becomes more and more expensiveand these costs will likely be passed on to the consumer“, develops Honor Eldrige, author of the book Avocado Debate And expert in sustainable food. In this case, who will be able to buy and consume overpriced avocados? Producers are worried about their future.

In Latin American countries, Peru and Chile, we are talking about significant water shortage. And the expansion of avocado production has compromised access to water for some small farmers.

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IIt is very likely that the effects of climate change on water availability will further exacerbate water shortage problems in these regions“, relates Chloe Sutcliffe, research fellow in sustainable horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society.

Faced with this problem, the farmers ask for support. The charity Christian Aid is calling on governments to financially support growers who depend on this delicious fruit while waiting to find a more lasting solution.

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