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Why our love for avocados is not sustainable

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In recent years, avocados have become synonymous with Millennial culture. Instagram is filled with photos of stylish avocado-dressed grain bowls. Every hipster café features avocado toast on their menu. ‘Clean’ beauty lovers proclaim its benefits while cute cartoons of smiling avocados decorate t-shirts. Avocados have even been blamed for the lack of home ownership amongst the under-35s. Seen as a healthy and ‘sustainable’ food choice by those trying to reduce their meat consumption, it is worth taking a deeper look to consider whether avocados really stand up to their reputation.

Indigenous to Central and South America, avocados have long been a staple food of the region. Avocado is a derivative of the Spanish word aguacate, which in turn comes from

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