Mexico’s avocados face fallout from violence, deforestation

Mexico’s avocados face fallout from violence, deforestation

Mexico’s avocado producers have so far been able to separate avocados from the conflictive landscape that produces them — at least until a threat to a U.S. agricultural inspector essentially shut down their exports last week.

growers in Mexico report having to pay thousands of dollars in protection payments to drug gangs for each acre of orchard. Those who don’t pay are threatened with having their families kidnapped, murdered, and returned to pieces. At present, the mountaintops are too cold and too high for avocados, but with climate change that, like everything else, may change.

Chef J.P. McMahon, who runs the Aniar, Cava, and Tartare restaurants in Ireland, has already started advocating avoiding avocados.

McMahon has tried to promote more sustainable, locally produced guacamole recipes based on kale or mashed-up sunchokes.