It's True: Drug Cartels Plague Mexico's Avocado Industry, Are Probably in Your Guacamole

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Last week, a tiny, new online publication finally wrote what so many reporters knew for so long but never wanted to write: that Mexico's avocado industry, which provide Americans with nearly 70 percent of the fruit's crop, is now plagued by the narcos.

The scandal is especially big in Michoacán, the heart of Mexico's avocado industry, and a state that has sent hundreds of thousands of people to OC over the past century, especially in SanTana. There, the Knights Templar cartel has not only bought up avocado groves, but is shaking down other growers with that infamous narco question: ¿Plata, o plomo? (silver, or lead?)--A bribe, or a bullet?

The other local connection is the avocado being shake down: the Hass avocado, which comes from La Habra Heights. Oh, joy!

Read the full report here at Vocativ. Just another reminder to buy your guac from Fallbrook or Carpinteria, cabrones...

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vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Best thing to do is not worry about such things. I don't like criminal gangs anymore than anyone else but I'm not gonna spend precious time trying to figure out where a damn avocado came from before I buy it. Same with boycotting Monsanto and such things. Time is too valuable to waste on meaningless activism. 

Ascary Morera
Ascary Morera

Cartels are pendejos they don't know how to invest money into anything. Mexico has a lot to learn the business world without busting caps. There soo much money that could be made their without killing.

MastaCodis Danger Callahan
MastaCodis Danger Callahan

It just needs some work I need to adjust the trevis rod and new strings and I think one of the braces of something inside broke

Nicolette Walker
Nicolette Walker

Would this also apply to organic crops from MX?...buy local and buy organic! support our hermanos campesinos from harmful pesticide exposure!

Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan

Thank God they grow them in Fallbrook!

Chris Valdivia
Chris Valdivia

Most if not all of your Av's come from Cali..Off season, comes from South Am. No worries...

smsdes
smsdes

Hey Hwy 15 through Temecula and Rainbow south is called the Avocado Hwy!! Buy CALI grown, Better quality and most are Organic!!! Screw these Cartels!


18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Stop being such pussy willows. You can catch the south of the border crooks by day and eat a healthy advocado salad by night. Did it for 13 years while also simultaneously harassed by the police vermin here at home.

Veronica Monteleone
Veronica Monteleone

Damn it, I love my olive oil too! Part Italiana as well. Damn Mafiosos!

Veronica Monteleone
Veronica Monteleone

Pinche drug cartels! I love my aguacates! =( It sucks to live in the Midwest since we can't grow them out here.

Henry Schmidt
Henry Schmidt

The cure is to buy only California avocados. They taste better and promote local farmers.

Libbe HaLevy
Libbe HaLevy

Buy from CA farmers markets. And the pictured avocados are not Haas.

Steven Likens
Steven Likens

I like nopales because they help prevent pregnancy..........NO PALITOS!

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

So is this why I have the urge to dip my finger in guacamole and rub my gums with it?

April Makowski
April Makowski

When writing "God" you should capitalize the "G"

Jim Little
Jim Little

Legalize, regulate, and tax the drugs. Let's see how long the cartels hold up after that.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Jon you cannot live your life on your kneews, we must fight. I sent the people of Michoacan money so that they fight the cartels.

Jon Ernest Esparza
Jon Ernest Esparza

Starting a fight with ANY of the cartels is a instant death warrant for all your loved ones. It's a cold world

Arcy Cavalier
Arcy Cavalier

The scandal is especially big in Michoacán, the heart of Mexico's avocado industry, and a state that has sent hundreds of thousands of people to OC over the past century, especially in SanTana. There, "the Knights Templar cartel""has not only bought up avocado groves, but is shaking down other growers with that infamous narco question: ¿Plata, o plomo? (silver, or lead?)--A bribe, or a bullet? say what??? There, "the Knights Templar cartel""?????

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

gustavo what we need to do is help the people fighting the cartels not stop eating avocados. Comon people lets help the people fight los templarios. No sean culeros , vamos a darle en lamadre a los templarios. There is an organisation that is helping the people of Michoacan fight the cartels lets help them.

Rafael Bautista
Rafael Bautista

Man, I could eat nopales every day. I'm like Bubba with his shrimp in "Forrest Gump"

David El Belicoso Rodriguez
David El Belicoso Rodriguez

Everything. Extortion to that degree is only made possible because criminals have the upper hand in the way of firepower. It's sad pero cuando el gobierno es inadecuado in the basic functions of general public safety it really just comes down to quien tiene mas pistolas. Deja de que el gobierno se inadecuado, simple mente les vale madre ! Case in point, los Mennonites de Chihuahua.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Steven Likens LOL at this. We wouldn't be overrun with illegals and their anchor babies if that were the case pendejo. Enjoy your child support payments going to support a mexican family in michocan.

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