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Demand for these products is destroying countries

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 40: For many countries, having huge reserves of a natural resource can be both a blessing and a curse. While the export of in-demand products can help developing economies by creating jobs and bringing in money, local people and the natural environment often pay a high price. What’s more, an overdependence on natural resources can spell trouble when prices fluctuate. From the "green gold" of avocados to cement to beef, click or scroll through to find out the items we’re buying in droves that could be having monumental impacts around the world.

Demand that's spelling disaster

For many countries, having huge reserves of a natural resource can be both a blessing and a curse. While the export of in-demand products can help developing economies by creating jobs and bringing in money, local people and the natural environment often pay a high price. What’s more, an overdependence on natural resources can spell trouble when prices fluctuate.

From the "green gold" of avocados to cement to beef, click through the gallery above to find out the items we’re buying in droves that could be having monumental impacts around the world.

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