A real conversation at the dinner table tonight with relatives, who will remain nameless and unidentified — except that these relatives were in the category of in-laws (and, by the way, not even quite in-laws — kind of one step removed from being actual in-laws) so there is no genetic connection to me.
“Mexican guacamole has gotten more expensive because of the shortage of water,” said individual A. “A friend of mine bought a carton of guacamole at a store for $50, $60 and then went back the next day and it was $100.”
“Yeah,” responded individual B. “I knew when NAFTA was passed, American farmers would stop growing avocados.”
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This raises a few questions for me.
What is Mexican guacamole? And how does one know when one buys a carton of guacamole … well, let me back up for a moment.
What is a carton of guacamole … sorry, Mexican guacamole … that would coast $50, $60 or $100? Maybe it’s somebody who owns a restaurant? Maybe? And they buy it in bulk? Well, that’s not a restaurant I’m going to anytime soon. So … mystery of the $50 – $100 carton of Mexican guacamole is somewhat unresolved.
Back to the start.
What exactly is Mexican guacamole? And how does one know when one buys a carton of guacamole whether it is Mexican guacamole or … American(?) guacamole? And who the hell refers to guacamole as “Mexican guacamole”?
NAFTA was signed in 1994 — 22 years ago in case you struggle with the math of that. And apparently it has caused the cost of Mexican guacamole to spike this year. Am I understanding that correctly.
But, here’s the problem.
U.S. production of avocados, which apparently has never been a hugely significant part of world production has been pretty damn consistent over the years (to the extent a crop that is dependent on weather and water can be consistent). What has changed is America’s eating habits and guacamole has become a very popular food item in America. But NAFTA caused American farmers to stop growing avocados? Ummm … no.
Another right-wing myth debunked.