What growing avocados in Sicily tells us of climate change and the future of food

Changing temperatures across the globe are shifting the seasons and the crops that farmers can grow

Grapevines at the Torres vineyard near Lleida, in the Catalan Pyrenees, in Spain. While climate change has brought its benefits to some farmers, it has also wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of others.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

(FINANCIAL  TIMES) At the fertile foothills of Mount Etna, Mr Andrea Passanisi surveys his avocado grove under Sicily's blue skies. He started growing the tropical fruit in what used to be his grandfather's vineyard and, helped by the warming climate, is now sending his produce across Europe.

Mr Passanisi discovered a love for avocados on a trip to Brazil as a teenager two decades ago, and decided on his return home to experiment with growing them in Sicily. He converted his grandfather's land and started to farm avocados as well as passion fruit and lychees, alongside longstanding lemon trees.

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