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This activist unveils the hidden face of Chile’s avocado production

"Can you continue eating avocados which results from the violation of the human right to water?" Dried-up rivers, children deprived of water… Activist Rodrigo Mundaca tells us about the hidden face of Chile’s avocado production.

12/17/2019 8:04 AMupdated: 05/07/2020 11:40 AM

96 comments

  • Vaughan T.
    01/11/2020 11:42

    And stop producing more people. Overpopulation is driving most of the planet's problems. The pope could be a major influencer if he really wanted to do something positive for mankind.

  • Theresa R.
    12/27/2019 03:47

    Almost everyone, here in Puerto Rico, has (had... before the big hurricane, Maria) at least, a tree or two, for them and to share, with their apt. building living relations. We replanted, 2 to replace the ones that fell. Only another 3-4 years, we'll have our own, again❣️ We rarely purchase one, in a supermarket, either. Only from local farmers' roadside sales.

  • Marlene R.
    12/23/2019 08:16

    Algarve have look at this

  • Helah B.
    12/22/2019 03:28

    For goodness sake people, this is not about you, your health or the damn avocado. It is about privatizing WATER. Chile is probably the beginning.

  • Bibiana G.
    12/20/2019 23:45

    Es irracional , vemos todos los días cómo aumentan cerros con inmensas plantaciones de paltos . Cuando lo veo me pregunto de donde sacan el agua y como riegan en la punta del cerro literalmente . Si puede plante 1 palto y comerá paltas todo el año

  • Rain S.
    12/20/2019 23:15

    Like & Follow - Avalon

  • Jay A.
    12/20/2019 21:45

    we are blessed to have our own trees of avocado in our little garden. it's better to plant vegetables and some trees in your property you can surely have your own organic veg. and fruits. good for the health and environment!

  • Francine M.
    12/20/2019 20:33

    Why is there no hydroponic avocados?

  • Cielito S.
    12/20/2019 16:14

    The problem is not the avocado plantation, if there are no avocados sold, they will plant another thing and still keep the bought water rights, while nomal people and nature suffer.

  • Elizabeth T.
    12/20/2019 15:30

    90% of the US avocado supply is produced in California.

  • Marie B.
    12/20/2019 11:52

    Sainte horreur!! Les Amandes et maintenant les Avocados...

  • Alex D.
    12/19/2019 13:04

    Fake news, the New Zealand avocados we eat are grown up the road 5 mins from where we live.

  • Louis S.
    12/19/2019 09:02

    if you drop avocado's I'll drop beef

  • Yip Y.
    12/19/2019 07:02

    Yea I will continue to eat my avacados thanks 👍🏽

  • Liz A.
    12/19/2019 00:02

    Avocado wars ... sad but true

  • Deb W.
    12/18/2019 23:28

    water will become the most precious and expensive thing on this planet “

  • Karen Z.
    12/18/2019 17:38

    As the human population grows, so does it's demand for resources. Capitalists love that.

  • Diana S.
    12/18/2019 16:43

    A must read. We cannot afford to keep bowing to the big commercial food companies when it comes to man's greatest need - WATER. Companies like Nestle, and now avocado producers 'stealing' water in Chile is just not acceptable. It is ludicrous and unconscionable.How can they possibly sacrifice a vital need i.e. water for humans and wildlife for avocado's....Incredible. Corporate greed has to be challenged, in court if necessary. They do not have the right to sacrifice human/wildlife for corporate greed. We can learn to grow avocado's and other produce in green houses. We need to follow Hollands example. My heart goes out to the people of Chile.

  • Victoria V.
    12/18/2019 16:38

    Every single animal based food has a higher environmental impact than every single plant based food. It takes 283 litres of water to produce 1kg of avocados. That is way less than beef at 15,450 litres per kilogram or eggs at 3265 litres per kg. https://waterfootprint.org/en/water-footprint/product-water-footprint/water-footprint-crop-and-animal-products/

  • Barry G.
    12/18/2019 16:34

    , shocking stuff