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There's blood in the guacamole

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry, headquartered in Michoacan state, has become a prime target for cartels, which have been seizing farms and clearing protected woodlands to plant their own groves of what locals call “green gold.”

More than a dozen criminal groups are battling for control of the avocado trade in and around the city of Uruapan, preying on wealthy orchard owners, laborers and drivers who truck the fruit to the United States, the Los Angeles Times reports.