Av­o­cado craze is blamed for drought in Chile

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it has be­come a sta­ple su­per­food for the mid­dle classes – but their hunger for av­o­ca­dos is be­ing blamed for a drought in South Amer­ica.

Vil­lagers in a ma­jor pro­duc­ing re­gion of Chile say vast amounts of wa­ter are be­ing il­le­gally di­verted away from their homes to meet de­mand.

tesco, Mor­risons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl all source stocks from the Chilean prov­ince of Pe­torca, where rain­fall is al­ready scarce.

Pri­vate plan­ta­tions are ac­cused of in­stalling il­le­gal pipes and wells to di­vert wa­ter from rivers to ir­ri­gate their crops.

But lo­cals in the arid re­gion say ‘life is be­com­ing un­bear­able’ as a wa­ter short­age forces them to use con­tam­i­nated wa­ter de­liv­ered by truck. Ac­tivist Veron­ica Vilches said: ‘Here there are more av­o­ca­dos than peo­ple, but only peo­ple are lack­ing wa­ter, never the av­o­ca­dos.’

the Bri­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium, which rep­re­sents su­per­mar­kets, said stores were help­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions. Around 2,000 litres of wa­ter are needed to pro­duce one kilo of the fruit.

De­mand for av­o­ca­dos – pop­u­lar for its healthy prop­er­ties – has soared by 27 per cent in the last year and Bri­tain im­ported more than 17,000 tons from Chile in 2016. Lidl said its stocks are sourced from cer­ti­fied pro­duc­ers.

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