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Cartels in Mexico are moving on from marijuana and other long-favored crops to something potentially even more profitable: avocados.

Correspondent @katelinthicum explains:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados 

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."

📸: @gary_coronado

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, the laborers who pick the fruit and the drivers who truck it north.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados 

Americans love avocados. Between 2001 and 2018, average annual U.S. consumption increased from 2 pounds per person to nearly 7.5 pounds.

And now, cartels in Mexico want a piece of the action. 📸: @gary_coronado  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados 

Homicides are at an all-time high in Mexico. Yet much of the killing today has little to do with drugs.

It’s clear that organized crime has diversified, and it now includes the beloved avocado.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados 

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