Illegal deforestation for avocado production in Mexico spreads as US relaxes import controls

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Mexican authorities revealed this week that pine forests have been illegally felled to make way for an avocado plantation in a nature reserve in the country’s Mexico state. Dramatic growth in avocado production is predicted in the state following the relaxation of import controls in the US, which until mid-2016 permitted only fruit from neighbouring Michoacán state to be traded.

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Deforestation from avocado production in Mexico higher than previously thought

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The Mexican attorney general’s office for environmental protection claims 6,000 to 8,000 ha of forests are cleared each year to make way for avocado orchards in the Mexican state of Michoacán, amid allegations of widespread illegality.

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‘Furtive’ avocado production destroying natural forests in Mexico

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The state of Michoacán is losing up to 1,000 hectares of forest each year due to illegal expansion of avocado farms.

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