I place the common avocado on a scale of edibility somewhere between a live goat and a boiled cactus. But in Caifornia, avocados are practically the state fruit, even though they’re widely imported from Mexico. This has led to the clickbait headline certain to fear into every hipster’s heart. If the border is closed, the avocado supply will be cut off.
1. Edible avocados are already all but impossible to find in Southern California. They’re either overripe or stony. And horribly overpriced.
2. California does grow avocados. It could grow more if not for the Democrats. Their artificial droughts and regulations.
“Those were cut down because of lack of water. That farm went bankrupt,” he said, gesturing to one downhill neighbor. Pointing at another hill, Shanley said that neighbor’s grove had been reduced from 220 acres to 170 acres due to water shortages.
The California Avocado Commission shows a recent high in 2007-2008 of 65,497 productive acres of avocado groves in the state. But by 2015-2016, acreage had fallen to 51,902 acres.
Shanley says it’s not just the high cost of transporting water to southern counties that has led growers to rip out groves.
“You don’t have wages going from $10 to $15 an hour in Mexico,” Shanley said. “It’s quite a bit less.”
The U.S. government says that in 2013, the country imported more than $1 billion worth of avocados – with most of the imports – nearly 90 percent – coming from the U.S.’s southern neighbor, Mexico.
“We tried to fight it,” avocado grower Gene Nickel said, referring to Mexican imports.
Closing the border might force California lefties to choose between that green sour paste they’re addicted to and their environmentalism.
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