Are Mexican avocados the world's new conflict commodity?
December 30, 2019 at 1:47 PM - Views: 40 #244346
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The 19 mutilated bodies, nine hanging semi-naked from a bridge in the Mexican city of Uruapan, were initially thought to be the result of a clash between rival drug gangs. But the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which claimed the murders in August, is believed to be fighting for more than drugs. It wants dominance over the local avocado trade.
Mexico is the world’s biggest producer of avocados. Exports of the “green gold” from the state of Michoacán, which produces most of Mexico’s avocados, were worth $2.4bn last year.
Now, the risk analytics group Verisk Maplecroft has warned in a new analysis that Mexican avocados risk becoming the next “conflict commodity”, akin to “blood diamonds” in Angola and Sierra Leone and conflict minerals in the Democractic Republic of the Congo.
The analysis examines a range of factors contributing to the increasing risk profile of Mexican avocados, including the growing involvement of cartels and the associated violence, as well as the use of forced and child labour in farming.
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December 30, 2019 at 2:18 PM #244353
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“It’s all the millennial generation’s fault for liking avocado toast” in 3…2…1…
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December 30, 2019 at 3:10 PM #244373
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Here ya go!
Are avocados now toast, at least for the thoughtful eater? There was only ever one way for avocado adulation to go, and that was down. Just have a look at Instagram: avocado “roses”, avocado brownies, guacamole 100 ways, and avocado smoothie (again?) Even though the hipster diet deifies the avo as a staple, boredom with their ubiquity would surely have ushered in peak avocado in the fullness of time.
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December 30, 2019 at 3:50 PM #244380
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Yes, have been wondering about avocados as they seem to be becoming the politically correct substitute for dairy.
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December 30, 2019 at 8:13 PM #244462
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in Sinaloa tomato pickers were commonly murdered for demanding their wages at the end of harvest season in the 60s, before Escobar and the Federal Police made Mexico a grand cocaine bridge; Progress required that nothing interfere with infinitely-growing export of commodities
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