Over the course of the last several years, the avocado has experienced a kind of renaissance. Once associated with the high-life and an overabundance of fat, the mushy, green fruit has become a staple on every American's table, rebranded as a hip, millennial health-food.
Still, just as the avocado was getting the credit it deserves, the food may once again turn into a "luxury item," according to the Atlantic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, climate change and widespread droughts have begun to drastically shrink the production of avocados in California (where 80 percent of U.S. avocados are grown) and Mexico. Due to the decline in supply and an extreme uptick in demand, certain suppliers in Southern California claim one case of avocados now costs $76, two-to-three times the normal price and the highest surge in roughly 30 years.
According to the Hass Avocado Board, and reported by Pasadena's ABC7, the amount of avocados imported to the U.S. from Mexico this month fell 21.1 million pounds from the same time last year.
While the news is troubling for avocado-lovers, it's not like we didn't see this coming. As the Atlantic points out, scientists have been predicting a steep fall-off in avocado production due to climate change for over a decade, and every year there seems to be a new scare concerning the supply.
Back in 2014, Chipotle mulled the temporary discontinuation of its then-beloved guacamole—an operation that calls for roughly 97,000 pounds of avocados each day, according to the Atlantic—and countries around the world have struggled to keep up their production despite drought.
In 2016, most Americans are well aware that guac is extra, but in years to come it might actually become the dip of the one-percent.