By Kaylyn Callahan, Animal Science and Public Health student
We all know that avocados are one of the most popular superfoods on the market right now. They have been reaching out of their boundaries as just a dip at football watch parties and now can be found in meals that aren’t normally considered healthy. Avocados can be found in ice cream, cookies, and other desserts to lessen the guilt of consuming these goodies.
In an article by Huffington post, journalist Julie Thompson took a look on Google Trends and found that avocados were searched more than some our current politicians. Here is a chart comparing the search for avocados compared to Paul Ryan, our current speaker for the House of Representatives:
I am not particularly surprised about this. No matter your opinion on our current political climate, researching every update on the US government is not a priority when you haven’t decided what you’re going to do with your avocados for dinner before they become overripe.
But here is something else you may not know- avocados have been having an impact on politics right now. Due to the increased consumption of avocados, producers are having difficulties keeping up with high demand.
In Michoacan, the avocado capital of the world, suppliers have been using forest land to expand their orchards and production in an effort to increase their supply to the United States. The expansion of land means local citizens are closer to the action, including cross fire with the pesticides used. Local citizens have complained about their contact with the chemicals through aerosol inhalation or their water supply being affected. While we are reaping the health benefits of avocados, there are others who are gaining health problems. I would advise that when you are searching for last minute recipes, took a look for your local avocado producers- it may help out other communities.
Although avocados have been winning a popularity contest against most of political leaders, there is one person who has them beat- Donald Trump. Which is also not surprising.
Find the popularity contest here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/avocados-more-popular_us_597a2537e4b0da64e8779264
Kaylyn Callahan is a fourth year student at Ohio State studying Animal Science and Global Public Health. She is from Cleveland, Ohio but splits her time living in Columbus, Ohio. Currently she fosters service dogs in training and hopes to combine her interests in food safety and love for animals.
Thompson, Julie “In A Popularity Contest Between Avocado And Our Top Politicians, This Is Who Wins” Huffington Post. Web. 30 July 2017.
AFP Jujucato, Mexico. Mexico’s avocado boom causing deforestation and illnesses in local population, experts say. The Independent. 2016 Nov 4.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.