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Who among us doesn't love avocados? Aside from being a delicious addition to many a meal and the base ingredient for the spicy ambrosia that is guacamole, avocados have given us countless precious moments in social media.

But all is not well in avocadoland. It seems a great avocado reckoning is upon us. Call it what you will: the Avocadopocalypse, Avacadogeddon, or just the Avocado Wars—but avocado prices have skyrocketed, and they're not coming back to earth anytime soon.

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Just days before Cinco de Mayo, Bloomberg and others are reporting that a smaller crop in Mexico and California, combined with a surge in demand—probably from that damn avocado bar in Brooklyn—means avocados are twice as expensive as they were last year, and pricer than they've been in almost 20 years:

The jump in demand in recent years has been dramatic. American per-capita consumption was 6.9 pounds in 2015, versus 3.5 pounds in 2006, according to the U.S. government. People are being drawn to the fruit not just for its taste but also for its healthy oils and fats, a trend borne out in the U.S. by Starbucks Corp.’s announcement last month it’s selling avocado sandwich spread.

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Starbucks, chill! Nobody wants your nasty-ass sandwiches anyway, which means you're just wasting precious avocados at the worst possible moment. If you keep this up, we're going to start seeing avocado heists like they have in New Zealand.

So if you've got avocados on hand at the moment... well, it's not like you can hoard them forever. Either sell them at a huge profit or try to make the best avocado toast the world has ever known. Anything else would be a profound expression of ingratitude. And we must always be thankful for avocados.

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