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UK: Consumers call for more support for avocado growers amid threat of climate change

Published May 17, 2024

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A survey by the UK charity Christian Aid has called for more financial support for avocado growers and communities affected by climate change, and a swift shift to renewable energy and emission reduction. The survey highlights the vulnerability of avocado production to climate change due to the large amount of water required for growth. The volume of suitable avocado-growing areas is expected to decline by 14-41% by 2050, depending on emissions reduction rates. The UK sources most of its avocados from Peru and Chile, where water scarcity is already a problem exacerbated by avocado production. Recent challenges in avocado harvests, such as Spain's 60% reduction last season due to heatwave and Chile's drought and plant diseases, are mentioned as examples of the impact of climate change on the industry.
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UK consumers have called on the Government to offer more financial support to avocado growers and communities in areas negatively affected by climate change. This information was part of a survey carried out by the UK charity Christian Aid, which also called for an urgent reduction in emissions and a faster switch to clean, renewable energy. According to Fruitnet, avocado production around the world is believed to be declining as a result of climate change and, in several cases, could be impacted by the projected increase in global average temperatures. The volume of water needed to grow avocados makes the fruit especially vulnerable if, as predicted, the world becomes hotter, drier and more drought-prone over the next two decades. “Avocados may be a superfood, but their kryptonite is climate change. They are thirsty plants that are poorly adapted to a warmer, drought-prone planet, which is where we are headed if rich nations do not act to reduce their use of fossil fuels and ...
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