The high demand for avocados, particularly from the United States, is leading to environmental degradation in Michoacán, Mexico, a leading global producer. The region's landscapes are being transformed as forests and lakes are replaced by avocado plantations, which involve deforestation and monoculture, contributing to the risk of collapse. The industry also uses large amounts of water and herbicides, contaminating groundwater. Despite sufficient laws on ecological and forestry management, corruption is leading to rampant deforestation. However, some farmers are adopting more sustainable growing methods, offering a glimmer of hope.
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(Agraria.pe) The land of Michoacán, a state located in western Mexico and a world leader in avocado production, is being exhausted. "I hope it is not the collapse that makes us understand," Michoacan agronomist Nacho Simón said in an interview regarding the massive crops that do not stop growing due to the enormous appetite of the United States. This Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers starred in the LVIII edition of the Super Bowl, the most important game in the NFL football league, and the spectators' tables were full of guacamole, a dish made from avocado, from the vast majority from Mexico, more specifically from Michoacán. At the end of the 1990s, the state of Michoacán managed to comply with the requirements of the United States to export avocados to the neighboring country and since then the volume has been growing: for this year's edition of the Super Bowl, Mexican customs estimates that Around 110,000 tons will be shipped. As a consequence, Michoacan ...