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That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice


Last updated 7/6/2021 at 1:28pm

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold?

Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to Spain. Green gold = avocados. Individual growers say they are losing as much as 48 tons a day (four truckloads).

Land is being seized or farmers are being forced to pay protection charges. Truck drivers are being kidnapped.

People must really like their avocado toast.

Global demand for avocados has driven up the price over the last several years, and when values rise, the lure for criminal behavior rises with...

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