Nederland importeerde vorig jaar een recordhoeveelheid van 415 miljoen kilo avocado's.
Dat is 19 procent meer dan het jaar ervoor, blijkt uit cijfers die statistiekbureau CBS maandag bekendmaakte. De totale waarde van de invoer was vorig jaar voor het eerst hoger dan 1 miljard euro. Nederland is binnen Europa de grootste importeur van de groene vrucht.
Avocado has become one of the world’s trendiest foods, but they require an extraordinary amount of costly resources and labour in order to grow. As the poster child of millennial healthy eating, this superfood is now a mainstay for foodies everywhere. But have you noticed your avocado toast is costing more and more? Check the video below.
2.1 How many kilos of avocados is imported to The Netherlands from within the EU?
2.2 In Russia people only consume 0,2 kg of avocados on a yearly basis. This is about 1 avocado. Why do you think Russians consume so few avocados? Keep Russia’s geographic location and characteristics in mind.
2.3 How many liters of water is needed to grow half a pound of avocados (according to experts)?
2.4 How much is half a pound (US’ metric system) compared to half a pound (Dutch metric system)
2.5 What is the consequence of the production of avocados when looking from an environmental perspective? Note: this one consequence causes more (other) consequences.
3.1 How many litres of water were needed for the 1.000.000.000 kg of avocados that The Netherlands imported? 1 kg of avocados needs (roughly) 1.080 litres of water.
3.2 Avocados are called a ‘superfood’. Are there any (longer known) alternatives for sale in the supermarkets?
3.3 All-in-all, do you think that the popularity of the avocado is a good thing or a bad thing? Please explain your answer: compare the weight that the negative aspects and the positive aspects that you found carry for you.
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Student-led class discussion | Dialogue
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