US organizations seek to ban Mexican avocados linked to deforestation

Fresh Avocado
Published Apr 23, 2024

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Over 25 organizations have urged the U.S. Department of State to stop importing avocados from Mexico, especially from regions linked to illegal deforestation that endangers the monarch butterfly's habitat. This action underscores the environmental consequences of avocado farming, which includes massive deforestation—around 10 American football fields daily—to satisfy the U.S.'s avocado demand, which exceeded 2.4 billion pounds in 2023. The organizations' letter calls for the protection of forests and biodiversity, addressing the water-intensive nature of avocado cultivation, and the violence faced by communities and inspectors who oppose deforestation. They propose banning avocados from recently deforested areas in the U.S. market to protect wildlife and support ethical producers.
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More than 25 organizations urged the United States Department of State to stop imports of Mexican avocado from areas recently linked to deforestation in that country. The letter sent by the organizations argues that illegal deforestation is endangering the habitat of the monarch butterfly, a situation that undermines international promises made by both countries to stop these practices. According to the message distributed by the Center for Biological Diversity, it is estimated that every day about 10 American football stadiums are cut down in Mexico to create avocado production areas. Billions of pounds of avocado per year Mexico is the largest supplier of avocado to the United States. In 2018 alone, the Aztec nation supplied almost 90% of the fruit sold in the neighboring country. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the last four years, Mexico provided 88.4% of the market share. In 2023, the United States imported more than 2.4 billion ...
Source: MXfruit
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