Mexican Gangsters Are Now Controlling the "Blood Avocado" Trade, Ruining Farmers There

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The Western Mexican state Michoacán has been called the country's sustainable avocado Mecca, praised by celebrity chef Rick Bayless for its production of incredible Hass avocados. It also may be one of the most lawless places in North America.

"Michoacán isn't a problem. It is a nightmare," George W. Grayson, an expert on Mexico at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, told the Wall Street Journal this week. The state has been under the control of a gang called the Knights Templar, whose grip on the region is so tight that the Mexican government had to send in the military to police the Lázaro Cárdenas port, one of the country's largest and the center of the Knights' financial power. Michoacán has roughly 10,000 homicides per year. A bishop described the area as a "failed state."

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Avocado is more lucrative than marijuana in Michoacán, and the gang has been extorting farmers and their families for insane amounts, sometimes even demanding their land. Some farmers were apparently millionaires and are now facing destitution. Seeing no help coming from the government, the farmers throughout the state have organized into militias and forced the cartels out of several towns. They've surrounded the towns with roadblocks and checkpoints

The news site Vocativ coined the term "blood avocado" and Esquire picked it up too, asking important human-rights questions, like, "Will this make my avocados more expensive?"

For the record, no, there's not much chance that it will. Michoacán produces a lot of avocados but not enough to impact the entire market if things are unstable at home. But it should still give us ethical pause when buy guacamole. And it should also make you wonder -- when the U.N. ranked the happiest countries in the world, how the hell did Mexico outscore the U.S.?


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DannnC
DannnC

The United States of Mexico could be an awesome country if they could enact law and order. I'd love to see less crime and more peace there. As far as the U.N.poll that indicates they're a happier nation than the U.S.A. did they ask any of the people who immigrate illegally into the U.S.?

DannnC
DannnC

The United States of Mexico could be an awesome country if they could get control of and enact law and order. As far a happier than the USA by a UN poll, are they asking the people illegally immigrating across the border into the USA?

DannnC
DannnC

The United States of Mexico could be an awesome country if they could enact law and order. I'd love to see less crime and more peace there. As far as the U.N.poll that indicates they're a happier nation than the U.S.A. did they ask any of the people who immigrate illegally into the U.S.?

DannnC
DannnC

The United States of Mexico could be an awesome country if they could enact law and order. I'd love to see less crime and more peace there. As far as the U.N.poll that indicates they're a happier nation than the U.S.A. did they ask any of the people who immigrate illegally into the U.S.?

J_A_
J_A_

Geez nothing is safe to buy these days! We're always just funding some cartel or rogue militia.

jamessavik
jamessavik

blood avocados? Can't we all just get along with our guacamole?

bullsballs
bullsballs

@TexMarine  

El Norte is evil incarnate and must be destroyed with the wealth redistributed  to other nations.

and the holy o is doing everything in his power to accomplish it...

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