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Holy guacamole! Why avocados are so expensive

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Avocados have been expensive for a while now. Typically, most Canadians would expect to pay $1 per unit. Many have noticed that avocado prices have been high in most parts of the country. In the last few months, it’s almost impossible to find them below $2. And if you do buy an avocado, it will likely be smaller, darker and much less appetizing.

However, if you’re expecting avocados to be cheaper, you’ll need to wait awhile longer. The same high price is happening in the United States due to rising trade and border tensions between the U.S. and Mexico.

The production of California avocados was down this past year as a result of dry weather. Yields were much lower and forced the United States and Canada to go elsewhere to purchase avocados. And since July is a low point for Mexico’s production cycle for avocados, prices are not going to be dropping any time soon. In Canada, 95 per cent of all avocados come from Mexico, which produces 34 per cent of the world........

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