The Travel of the Avocado


The Journey of Avocado is a workshop where CoboStories comes out to your school and together we create a workshop where students learn about storytelling and about the Journey of Avocado from Chile to Denmark. The Journey of the Avocado can be made with pupils in the inset and intermediate.

CoboStories provides:

Wallpapers, shapes, content, tripods, tablets and instructors that guide you throughout the day. The content is allowed to keep after the day is over and all films are subsequently made available so that you can show them out.

Materials we will use inthe work:

Avocado plantation, world map, european map, maturation hall, supermarket, dining table

Sunglasses, truck, ship, summer chair


What are you going to deliver?
You must have: internet access, scissors and tuscher
You also need to deliver good spirits as well as students and teachers, who want a fun, exciting experience!
You must prepare content for the subject if something specific is to be reviewed.

Many avocados travel all the way from Chile to Denmark to end up in Danish supermarkets. This long journey places a lot of demands on transport. It places requirements for storage – and costs a lot of money and CO2. This creates a great environmental impact. The purpose of this process is to raise awareness of the environmental challenges of ordinary foods – and to give your students an introduction to stop-motion animation as a framework for storytelling they can use.

There are about 15,000 km from the avocado fields in Chile to the Danish supermarkets. To preserve the avocados on the long trip, they must be preserved at a temperature of five degrees Celsius. So you have to transport the avocados in cooled cells with a controlled atmosphere until they reach the ports of Europe. From the plantations, the boxes of avocado are loaded first on large trucks that bring them to Chilean ports, mostly Valparaiso and San Antonio. There are dozens of container ships waiting here for them.

The journey across the sea lasts three weeks: Boats sail up the South American coast past Peru, Ecuador and Colombia before crossing the Panama Canal and the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, they finally arrive in Europe, mainly in the ports of Algericas in Spain and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Here the avocados become for four to seven days in heated cells where ethylene can be used. Ethylene is a gas absorbed into the tissue of the fruit, artificially accelerated the maturation process.

When they are ready, they are sent in lorries to supermarkets all over Europe and sold as if they had just been harvested, although as much as a month may have passed since they were taken from the tree.



UN World Goal # 13 says that we must: “act quickly to fight climate change and its consequences”. Can we? And how? We unleash the children’s imagination and get their say on how we can tell a good story about the environmental impact of avocado production with a stop-motion animation film.


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