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Chilean avocado farms leave locals without water

Some avocado plantation owners in Chile are illegally diverting water from rivers and leaving local villagers without enough water, according to a feature in the Guardian. Demand for avocados has increased by 27% in the UK in the last year. Activist Veronica Vilches claimed that local people are getting sick because of the lack of water, while activist Rodrigo Mundaca says that the water provided to resident by trucks is of poor quality.

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect water use? and the FCRN blog post Are modern plant-based diets and foods actually sustainable?

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04 Jun 2018
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Image: olle svensson, avocado, Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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