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10 AM Group 5: Will avocados go extinct in our lifetime?

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Aimee, Josh, Logan, Malik

Answer. Possible but not likely.

Avocados thrive in warm wet environments, and states such as California and Florida have been going through droughts that put avocado crops in jeopardy. Global warming can be contributed to these droughts and if nothing changes avocados stand a chance of not being so readily available. However farmers are taking steps to try and preserve the avocado crops. "The avocado farmers already in California are searching for new, more efficient ways to grow avocados, and looking to develop new, heartier, more drought-resistant strains of avocado to grow." ( grubstreet.com)

Origin and Prevalence

This claim has been made by a few articles listing foods that could be in danger of going extinct in our lifetime. One article has avocados listed as one of 12 possible foods in danger of extinction and it came from businessinsider.com. Another one "10 endangered foods" came from spoonuniversity.com. Both articles claim that drought like weather may force the avocado into extinction.

Issues and Analysis

Avocado's possible extinction has been connected to water intake and some places undergoing a drought has contributed to killing the avocado population. More than 80% of the avocados grown in the US come from California and for the past few years the drought like weather has been a challenge to growing avocados because they like tropical conditions. With each year getting warmer and warmer the future of growing avocados in California is unclear. 85% of the avocados consumed in the US come from Chile and Mexico who have been facing the same challenges as California. Avocado crops take a lot of water to grow and farmers are having trouble keeping up with it. "It takes 72 gallons of water to grow a pound of avocados, compared to, for instance, nine gallons to grow a pound of tomatoes. What's more troubling is that the issue with water used to be cost," Wolk says. "Now it's availability"(Grubstreet.com). This is an example of the issue that farmers are dealing with in trying to save our avocado population. Besides the danger from global warming and serious droughts, and because avocados are a fruit, they also face dangers from the plummeting honey bee population, as so many other fruits currently do. Bringing the future of the avocado into question.

References Cited.

  1. Magazine, Bobby Doherty/New York. "Have You Eaten Your Last Avocado?" Grub Street, www.grubstreet.com/2015/04/end-of-avocados.html?mid.
  2. "Avocado Industry Extinction Feared." Miami Today, 16 Oct. 2013, www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/10/16/avocado-industry-extinction-feared/.
  3. Spiegel, Alison. "Avocados Aren't The Only Trendy Food That May Be Endangered Because Of The Drought." The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Apr. 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/avocados-california-drought_n_7127666.html
  4. Victoria MalmerPalm Beach Post Web Staff, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Localbusiness. "Love Avocados?They'reSeriouslyEndangeredbyDrought."Palmbeachpost,www.palmbeachpost.com/business/economy/love-avocados-they-seriously-endangered-drought/U75pFeTkIevEvQ4hzXIKAN/.
  5. "Are Avocados Going Extinct?" Her Campus, www.hercampus.com/news/are-avocados-going-extinct.

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