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11 Apr 2017


Report: "Avocados and stolen water"

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Avocado production in Chile is draining water resources to such a degree that local residents now lack water. In the area where most of Chile’s avocados are grown, a battle is being waged over water rights. At least one supermarket chain has indicated it will change its purchasing policy for avocados from this area…A large share of the avocados in Danish supermarkets comes from Chile, one of the world’s primary exporters of avocados…When you put an avocado in your grocery basket, therefore, you risk buying a product that has exacted a steep price from local Chileans…Since the avocado plantations moved in to Petorca Province in Chile, the rivers have dried out, smallholders have lost their livelihoods, and community wells have dried up, making the locals reliant on deliveries of water by truck…Danwatch sent questionnaires to the six largest supermarket chains in Denmark…Following Danwatch’s inquiries, Lidl says that it has no plans to stock avocados from Petorca Province in the future.  Aldi says...they have now informed their supplier about the problems and will henceforth avoid buying avocados from the plantations in question. [Includes comments from Coop, Dagrofa, Dansk Supermarked, Rema] [Refers to Coop (Kvickly, SuperBrugsen, Fakta, Irma), Dansk Supermarked (Netto, Føtex, Bilka), Dagrofa (Spar, Meny, Kiwi), Lidl, Aldi, and Rema 1000 in Denmark…and Sociedad Agrícola Los Graneros, Agrícola Pililén, Agrícola Cóndor, in Chile]