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Think Twice Before Biting Into Your Trendy Avocado Toast

The fruit is doing damage in Mexico: columnist

(Newser) - Avocados are quite trendy, but what hip health-food eaters may not realize is that the fruit is causing problems in Mexico, where many are grown. Avocados are so much more profitable for Mexican farmers to grow than most other crops that some growers are breaking laws and thinning out mature... More »

New Zealand's Weird Crime Wave: Avocado Theft

Shortage sends prices soaring to $5 each

(Newser) - Thieves have sparked a crime wave in New Zealand targeting … avocados. There have been at least 40 large-scale thefts of avocados since January, with thieves stealing onto farms in the middle of the night, raking trees, and loading vehicles with the fruit to be sold at road-side stalls and... More »

Avocados Can Fight Disease That Kills 10K Per Year

Professor Paul Spagnuolo is trying to make avocado-based drug

(Newser) - The unassuming avocado, so rich and delicious it's often called nature's butter, has been found to hold a key ingredient that could fight off one of the world's most devastating diseases, Eureka Alert reports. That disease is acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer that the American Cancer... More »

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to
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Chipotle Guacamole: New Climate Casualty?

Company warns it may have to stop serving it

(Newser) - How's this for a real-world casualty of climate change? Chipotle is warning that it might have to stop serving guacamole, reports ThinkProgress . In its annual report, the chain warned investors that events "associated with climate change" are driving up the price of all kinds of ingredients—including avocado—... More »

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