Avocados are a staple food ingredients and popularly used a lot in dishes. Avocado is also known as the superfood and one might find lots of pictures, cooking dishes on the popular social media platforms. An integral part of many dishes and delicacies, it is also considered a threat to the environment by some.
Hence some of the leading and trendy cafes have stopped serving avocado’s in any form. The Wild Strawberry Cafe, on Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire, recently shared a post on its Instagram page announcing and explaining their decision to ban avocado from its kitchen.
The caption read “As of today, we will no longer be serving avocado in the yurt. This. Is. Not. A. Joke. Controversial? Absolutely … we’re as acquainted as the next person to our weekly intake of smashed avocado toast but this is something we have thought long and hard about.”
Further the café explained that multiple reasons behind the decision major one being seasonality and the distance that avocados travel while being imported.
The café is popularly known for using locally sourced ingredients to make food and this is one of the reasons why the owner decided that it was incorrect to use avocados which are not locally sourced. Furthermore, the café mentioned that owing to the increased concerns towards climate change, it seemed unfair to transport avocados in planes from Central and South America, when it can be easily substituted in locally grown products.
“Forests are being thinned out to make way for avocado plantations. Intensive farming on this scale contributes to greenhouse emissions by its very nature and places pressure on local water supplies.” The Instagram post read.
Earlier in the year, Tincan Coffee Co in Bristol, had also announced that it would stop serving avocados to its customers. They had mentioned, “We love an avocado, particularly when it is on sourdough with an egg, but the ethics behind running a café have always been important to us,” said cofounder Adam White, according to Bristol Live. He further added that “Serving avocados, knowing the huge socio-economic impact that avocado farming is having in Mexico and California just didn’t feel right.”
In the year of 2016, Greenpeace Mexico had mentioned that people in the region might have to suffer due to the increased demand for avocados, and that is what has actually happened. More than thinning of forests and effects of water retention, increased use of agriculture chemicals and the large amount of wood required for shipping and packaging are some of the factors that might have negative effects of the environment and well-being of its inhabitants.
Avocados are flavorsome and enhance the taste of a dish and hence the decision was a little disappointing but considering the environmental factors people have accepted the decision.