By Woojung Choi | Staff Writer |
The avocado shortage and the California drought may lead to sad times for avocado aficionados.
In accordance with the increasing popularity of the green berry—yes, it is a fruit—the consumption rate in the United States is also increasing.
“More than 80 percent of the avocados grown in the U.S. come from California,” according to slate.com, a daily online magazine.
In order to produce one pound (about 454g) of avocados, 74 gallons (about 280L) of water is needed in the state.
However, because of the economic problems and climate change, the total output of avocados in California is decreasing and is expected to drop even lower.
The greatest, most immediate cause of the avocado shortage is the drought in the state.
“Avocados are already in short supply because of an ongoing drought in California, and scientists say climate change could greatly reduce avocado production in the future,” according to Cornell Barnard of KSDK News Channel 5.
Americans import approximately 20 percent of their avocados from Mexico, however, it may be difficult to receive more because of the cartel drug violence at the border, according to Adam Sternbergh of slate.com.
Many Coyotes, who are privy to the avocado’s health benefits as a super food, facial mask, and diet, blame the California drought for the impending shortage.
“The avocado shortage could affect me personally because the demand will increase, which in turn will increase the cost,” said student Gina Fields.
The avocado is expected to increase in price by 28 percent, according to a study performed at the University of Arizona.
In the next three decades, avocado production may decrease by 40 percent due to climate change, according to scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
“Yes, I believe the drought in California will play a part. With new regulation in effect to try and preserve water, I believe the farmers will do their part to help California,” added Fields.
“Despite the shortage of avocado, lots of people still want to buy it. Of course me, I would like to eat the avocado, but the price of it soars as time goes by. Therefore, it’s hard to buy as much as I bought before,” said student Myunghoon Lee.
However, he doesn’t think the current shortage of avocado will affect future crops.
“The lack of avocado can affect the method that cultivates it. However, it poses a problem of how to decide for future crops. Still, many people favor to purchase avocados and it is uncertain that buyers demand the future crops as much as avocados,” said Lee.
Ten percent of California’s total water supply each year is used for almonds, according to slate.com.
“But almonds are also the state’s most lucrative exported agricultural product, with California producing 80 percent of the world’s supply . . . Alfalfa hay [uses] about 15 percent of the state’s supply,” according to slate.com.
Approximately 70 percent of the alfalfa grown is used in dairies to feed livestock, and the remaining portion is exported to Asian countries, according to slate.com.
Many Coyotes hope to soon consume avocado without the worry of it disappearing in the future. How are you going to handle your avocado cravings from now on?