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Avocado Food Tremor

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Touch the Soil News #793 (Feature photo – CC SA 3.0) When it comes to avocados, some are calling it the perfect storm, the triage of problems 1) More people want avocados. 2) Weather and Climate are not co-operating. 3) Production is down. U.S. consumption of avocados is dramatic. U.S. per capita consumption of avocados has grown from 2 pounds in 2001 to 7 pounds last year (2016). One of the largest avocado producers in the world is Mexico which supplies almost 30 percent of the world’s production. Estimates are that 2017 production in Mexico could be down by 20 percent. Avocado production in the U.S. is concentrated to California…

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A Global Grab for Avocados

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Touch the Soil News #462 (feature photo – CC4.0) High in healthy fats and rich in B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium and healthy carotenoids, the avocado is taking a higher profile in global diets. Avocados are grown in Florida and mostly in California (90%). Avocados require frequent deep watering where water is a premium, making them expensive as California water, labor and land are all expensive. The U.S. imports almost as many avocados from Mexico as it produces here at home. A few years back Mexico, the world’s largest producer of avocados (produces 8 times more than the U.S.), introduced China to avocados. The Chinese are getting it…

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