The avocado has become a staple ingredient on theplates of brunch aficionados galore, with photos ofthe superfood permeating Instagram on a dailybasis.
While many may not be able to imagine livingwithout the green fruit, a number of cafes havebegun removing it from their menus due toenvironmental concerns.
The Wild Strawberry Cafe in Buckinghamshire shared a post on its Instagram page earlier thisweek explaining why it had decided to ban avocado from its kitchen.
The cafe explained the multiple reasons behind the decision, including seasonality, thedistance the avocados travel when they're imported and sustainability.
“The western world's obsession with avocado has been placing unprecedented demand onavocado farmers and pushing up the prices,” the cafe said on Instagram.
“Forests are being thinned out to make way for avocado plantations. Intensive farming on thisscale contributes to greenhouse emissions and places pressure on local water supplies.”
In 2016, Greenpeace Mexico stated people in the region are likely to suffer due to theincreasing demand for avocados.
“Beyond the displacement of forests and the effects on water retention, the high use ofagricultural chemicals and the large volumes of wood needed to pack and ship avocados areother factors that could have negative effects on the area's environment and the well-beingof its inhabitants,” the organisation explained.