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Avocados in the Climate Change hot seat

Avocados in the Climate Change hot seat

A shortage of the fruit may be the real impetus for the decision. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is poised to mandate vegan menu options.

Few fruits are as popular in “green” California as the avocado.

However, in Great Britain, some restaurants are banning the tasty delicacy from the menu in the name of “sustainability”.

The Wild Strawberry Cafe, on Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire, shared a post on its Instagram page earlier this week explaining why it had decided to ban avocado from its kitchen.

“As of today, we will no longer be serving avocado in the yurt. This. Is. Not. A. Joke,” the caption reads.

“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.”

The cafe then went on to explain the multiple reasons behind the decision, including seasonality, the distance the avocados travel when they’re imported and sustainability.

In their quest for “locally grown,” these trendy cafes may set the stage for creating economic hardships for many third- world countries. While California’s Hass avocados are well known, the major suppliers are Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.

The consequence? Perhaps more caravan in our future…and we know how environmentally sensitive the camps are.

However, the true reason behind the British restaurants decision may be more “green sense” than “green justice”. There is a major shortage of avocados, and many establishments cannot purchase enough for their menus.

… Midtown Fort Collins’ Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews has been without avocados since Nov. 19. Avocados are used in about half of the sandwiches and salads offered by the restaurant.

“The frustrating part is it’s totally out of our control,” said Lauren Storeby, Snack Attack’s co-founder.

The shortage can be attributed to the end of California’s avocado growing season combined with a 16-day strike by Mexican avocado growers earlier this month.

The strike has been resolved but the supply hasn’t been fully restocked yet.

In mid-November, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service reported Mexican Hass avocado prices peaked at about $80 per carton — more than double the normal average. The price per carton was still as high as $75 per carton in some places on Monday.

With this potential threat to their market, you can count on the California politicians to help. For example, the Los Angeles City Council solution: A new rule mandating vegan menu options….also in the name of “climate change.”

Los Angeles residents may soon be eating more tofu with their entertainment. A proposed city law would require movie theaters, sports stadiums, the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles International Airport restaurants and other large-scale entertainment venues to sell at least one vegan protein option.

Los Angeles city councilman Paul Koretz was inspired by a desire to fight climate change, and make it easier for non-meat eaters to be fed well, according to CBS Los Angeles. The proposed law would have to be approved by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office before going into effect.

Finally, California’s avocado industry asserts that it is an environmentally friendly fruit.

Avocado orchards help renew our air supply and keep it fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Orchard trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.

Avocado tree roots stabilize the soil and help prevent erosion.

Avocado orchards can reduce storm run-off and the possibility of flooding. By slowing runoff and filtering rain water, orchards can improve water quality.

Avocado orchards, due to their well-irrigated soil and lush green leaves, serve as a natural fire break for surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and can help firefighters slow or stop the rate of spread during wildfires.

Climate change: Is there anything it can’t be used for politically?

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2nd Ammendment Mother | December 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

“Los Angeles residents may soon be eating more tofu with their entertainment. A proposed city law would require movie theaters, sports stadiums, the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles International Airport restaurants and other large-scale entertainment venues to sell at least one vegan protein option.”

Just because you mandate something, does not mean you increase consumption. If the customer is demanding the option, then the venue is already delivering it.

    Not necessarily. There may be some customers who would like the option, but not enough to make offering it worth while. But if the business is forced to offer it anyway it may see increased sales, so the cost of compliance would not be a total loss.

      Who decides what constitutes a vegan dish? Is there some local or state bureaucracy that monitors such things? Is there a legal definition of “vegan”, and when did it become law? This proposed law seems as silly as one mandating an eating establishment offer at least one Italian dish.

      I think the real purpose of this law to to let the inmates of Los Angeles know that the government controls EVERYTHING.

Fewer Avocados? No big loss.

Ideological motivations? Toxic.

My folks had an avocado orchard in SoCal when I was a kid. They grow themselves if left alone.

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.

Ah, no they haven’t. If one big fat reason is because they have to transport avocados 5,000 miles, then why don’t they ban every other item that has to be flown or shipped in? How many bananas does the UK grow? How many pineapples? How many oranges? They waste so much gas bringing in all this fruit – ban it all, you scurvy-intellectual, sanctimonious twits.

thalesofmiletus | December 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

An insignificant number of patrons will be eating phytoestrogen-dogs at the ball game. All that legally-required bean-curd will go to waste and must be subsidized by normal, healthy carnivores. The solitary middle-class white lesbian who buys one is getting a >$100 bean-dog at everyone else’s expense. White LBGTOMFGBBQ privilege.

    If nobody buys it, the same vegan sandwich can be offered for sale at the next game, and the next one, for years. It can be like the years-old moldy sandwich that bars used to have to offer for sale in order to be allowed to sell drinks.

The shortage can be attributed to the end of California’s avocado growing season combined with a 16-day strike by Mexican avocado growers earlier this month.

The strike has been resolved but the supply hasn’t been fully restocked yet.

In mid-November, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service reported Mexican Hass avocado prices peaked at about $80 per carton — more than double the normal average. The price per carton was still as high as $75 per carton in some places on Monday.
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SO there is no “shortage”.

As pretty much ALWAYS, there was an artificial interruption in the market-supply.

Calavo unavailable for comment?

Colonel Travis,
I would have thought so until my wife and went shopping in a grocery store In Orkney last summer. Pineapples were 70 cents each and the worlds best strawberries were half the price of our wooden Flordia berries. I asked one of the produce guys and he said most of their fruit and vegetables came from Spain and Portugal. 2 days from the dock to door.

Genetically modify the Avocado trees so they are cold hardy and can be grown farther north, Oregon would be great, thanks. Also do the same for coffee please.

“Los Angeles city councilman Paul Koretz…”

Enough said —

“Maybe Paul Koretz has some sort of disease that makes him crazy. If he does, well— you know it isn’t mad cow disease. But there is something that’s causing him to act like a batsh*t bovine. If Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz has his way, the southern California metropolis will mandate at least one vegan protein option at “all movie theaters, large-scale entertainment venues, airport restaurants, zoo concession stands and some other locations in the city,” KFI Radio reported Wednesday. Of course, it would be done in the name of fighting the unproven “climate change” hypothesis. He also managed to link hamburgers to the wildfires the area recently experienced.”

https://lidblog.com/wildfires-hamburgers-mandate-vegan/

Ahhhh…avocados are warm weather crops.

In the kind of closed venues they’re talking about, where people spend a long period of time there and don’t have alternative food sources while they’re there, I can kind of see why giving vegans an option might be justified.

NEWS FLASH: The Commiecrat politicians in California are escapees from mental hospitals! Please help us find them. Without their meds they are dangerous!

The avocado industry produces a healthy food for the world. How much water and land does the marijuana industry use to produce a dangerous mind numbing drug?

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