Podcast: How Violence Spoils Mexican Avocados


Americans eat billions of dollars worth of Mexican avocados every year. Such is the demand that drug cartels and other criminal elements have entered the business, which is centered around the state of Michoacán, Mexico. That reality caught global attention over Super Bowl weekend, when the US government announced it was temporarily suspending all avocado imports from Mexico.

Today we’re going to talk about that development — and why Americans are so obsessed with avocados in the first place.


Host: Gustave Arellano

Guests: Leila Miller, LA Times Mexico correspondent; and Daniel Hernandez, LA Times assistant food editor.

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