Green Gold: A Global Demand for Avocados Leaves People Without Water in Chile

While estimates vary on the amount of water subtropical avocado trees need to grow, there is no doubt they exact a substantial burden on Petorca Valley where rainfall is scarce.


‘The salt they pump back in kills everything’: is the cost of Chile’s fresh water too high?

In 2003, Chile’s first desalination plant began operating; pumping 150 litres of drinking water a second towards Antofagasta to relieve the city of its dire need for fresh water.

John Bartlett

John Bartlett is a British freelance journalist writing on the politics, cultures and histories of Latin America from Santiago, Chile.