Avocados are getting banned and brunch is officially cancelled

Wait, WHAT?

Avocados have become a millennial necessity, and whether they’re smashed, puréed or covered with eggs and feta, the superfood is the only constant on a brunch menu.

Well, it seems that this is no longer the case.

Yes, really. The days of avo brunches are behind us and we don’t know what to do.

An avocado ban is on its way, with a growing number of cool cafes removing the superfood from their menus.

Why? Environmental concerns about how the avocados are farmed, not to mention their links to drug cartels.

‘As of today, we will no longer be serving avocado in the yurt. This. Is. Not. A. Joke,’ read an Instagram post from the Wild Strawberry Cafe, explaining why they were removing avo from their kitchen. ‘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.’

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Dear customers, we have some news for you. As of today, we will no longer be serving avocado in the yurt. This.is.not.a.joke. 🥑 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. Let us explain… 🥑🥑 1. Seasonality. Locally sourced ingredients have been woven into our identity from day one. Whether it’s our home grown courgettes, apples or pumpkins, our menu flexes with the seasons as we let the produce of the Chilterns and surrounding areas inspire and inform our recipes. All our meat is sourced within 25 miles, we use local yoghurt, eggs, Chiltern rapeseed oil, to name but a few. There will always be exceptions, we do not claim never to use a pinch of an Indian spice, a drizzle of Italian olive oil, or a crumble of Greek feta. These are all beautiful things and arguably there is not a local alternative, nor would we want one. Our cooking is inspired by many of the cuisines of the world and it would be contrite to think it should be any other way. However, the sheer quantity in which avos were being consumed was making us feel uneasy as they were so at odds with our local ethos. We believe in this and want to truly practise what we preach. 🥑🥑🥑 2. Food miles. it doesn’t take a genius to work out that food tastes better when it hasn’t been flown 5000 miles. But more importantly, at a time when climate change concerns have never been more real, transporting ingredients in fuel guzzling planes from Central and South America, Africa and beyond just to satisfy our whim for the latest food trend, when we have a plentiful supply of perfectly delicious, nutritious food on our doorstep is just plain wrong. 🥑🥑🥑🥑 3. Sustainability. The Western world’s obsession with avocado has been placing unprecedented demand on avocado farmers, pushing up prices to the point where there are even reports of Mexican drug cartels controlling lucrative exports. Forests are being thinned out to make way for avocado plantations. Intensive farming on this scale contributes to greenhouse emmisions by its very nature & places pressure on local water supplies.

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The post continued: ‘The western world’s obsession with avocado has been placing unprecedented demand on avocado farmers, pushing up prices to the point where there are even reports of Mexican drug cartels controlling lucrative exports. Forests are being thinned out to make way for avocado plantations. Intensive farming on this scale contributes to greenhouse emissions by its very nature and places pressure on local water supplies.’

‘We love an avocado, particularly when it is on sourdough with an egg, but the ethics behind running a café have always been important to us,’ explained co-founder Adam White, via Bristol Live. ‘Serving avocados, knowing the huge socio-economic impact that avocado farming is having in Mexico and California just didn’t feel right.’

‘Beyond the displacement of forests and the effects on water retention, the high use of agricultural chemicals and the large volumes of wood needed to pack and ship avocados are other factors that could have negative effects on the area’s environment and the well-being of its inhabitants.’

Well that’s that. Looks like we need a new superfood to replace our avocado addictions, folks.

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