Rising avocado prices fuelling illegal deforestation in Mexico

08/10/16 The Guardian

avocadoThe popularity of the avocado in the US and rising prices for the “superfood” are fuelling deforestation in central Mexico.

Mexican farmers can make much higher profits growing avocados than from most other crops and so are thinning out pine forests to plant young avocado trees. Once the avocado trees grow, they cut back the forest even more to give them more sunlight.

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