The hipster's conundrum

The English call it alligator pear, Trinidadians zaboca, but whatever name you give it, the avocado has become a hipster foodie obsession. While they have obvious nutritional benefits—avocados are full of healthy fats and protein—their growing conditions should give us pause.


  • one medium avocado can provide approximately half a recommended daily serving of fibre
  • the avocado is a “nutrient booster” that increases the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, K, and E
  • it’s the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat


Mexico is the primary producer, and soaring demand has put a strain on its resources. Other trees are cut down to make way for avocados, which guzzle water, and unsafe levels of pesticides are rampant. Drug cartels increasingly control the industry, while fair trade groups and local co-ops try to ensure that farmers are safe and properly compensated. Buying fair trade guaranteed avocados is one way to support these initiatives.