Mexico’s avocado growers increasingly face cartel violence

Chase Purdy
Mexico’s avocado growers increasingly face cartel violence

The trail an avocado takes from farm to toast is increasingly punctuated by chain-link fencing and AK-47s. At least, that’s become the case in Mexico, where the meteoric rise of the avocado industry has attracted unwanted attention and an increase in violence toward growers and their workers. The threats are perpetrated by cartels and vigilantes, looking for ways to capitalize off the money the trade has infused into western Mexico.