The bad news for avocado lovers is coming faster than a burrito chain employee can remind you guacamole costs extra. Last month came word that a stranglehold on imports was leading to the highest avocado prices in decades. Now this week, the Associated Press is giving us all a guac-related guilty trip with a report that avocado farming is causing more deforestation in Mexico than previous thought. The only way 2016 could end any worse is if President-elect Trump reveals that his plans for the forthcoming wall don’t include any avocado-sized holes.
The newly released stats on the impact of avocados on deforestation arrived Monday courtesy of Talia Coria, a delegate from the attorney general's office for environmental protection in the Mexican state of Michoacan. According to her numbers, about 30 to 40 percent of the 50,000 acres converted from forest land to agricultural land in her territory every year are specifically used to grow avocados. Michoacan is the world’s largest avocado producing region, accounting for around eight out of every ten avocados exported around the globe.