We’re F*cked: Avocado Shortage Might Make Them As Expensive As Caviar
Between the California drought, water shortages abroad and cartel violence, avocados aren’t getting cut any breaks this year.
Still, everyone from hipsters to health freaks are eating the yummy green superfood; consumption of avocados per person has increased by over 4 pounds a year, according to Yahoo News.
The price for farming avocados is also increasing at a higher rate than our consumption of the fruit. Yahoo News reports farming avocados cost a mere $72 bucks per acre-foot of water just a few decades ago.
Today, watering a plot of land runs farmers up a pretty penny at about $1,200 per acre-foot.
What’s worse is that experts are saying prices can more than double in just a short matter of time, flipping the entire avocado industry on its browner side. Just think of the price increase there will be for those of us who enjoy splurging on guac at Chipotle.
Who’s going to want to eat an avocado when it’s the price of caviar? I mean, I’m willing to throw in a couple extra bucks on payday, but I’m not about to skip rent next month to whip up some homemade guac next time my friends come over for Margarita Mondays.
California’s dry spell has been around for a few years now, and avocados have taken quite a hit (in case you haven’t already realized the unusual rise in cost for the delicious food found on the countertops of your local bodega).
Grub Street says there will be a 28 percent increase in the cost of an avocado thanks to the drought, according to a study performed at the University of Arizona.
But avocados are having a serious moment: People from all walks of life are finding interesting ways to add avocados to their salads, lunch sandwiches and all other types of snacks and meals.
Ever try scooping out and slicing up an avocado and adding some salt and Sriracha? I promise you, your life will be forever changed.
As more and more people are itching for guac, grocery chains and your friendly neighborhood street vendors will realize they can charge the extra couple bucks to consumers to supplement the additional water costs due to the never-ending drought in avocado land (California).
How much longer will it be until we start to say, “I know guac is extra…and you know what, I’ll have to pass this time.”
Oh, how I fear the day.
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