Beware the avocado mafia in Mexico | Letters

The only people who gain are those who market the avocados abroad, and the political organisations associated with them, says Charles PosnerYour article (Taco alarm bells ring as avocados go out of reach for Mexicans, 7 August) misses the point about what is the nature of the problem and who is responsible. A farm in the west of Mexico that I owned until a few years ago simply could not get its product on the market because the commercialisation is controlled by mafias, including local political organisations whose demands, if not met, lead to crops rotting.There is much more than enough being produced to meet local and international demand at reasonable prices, but until the producers have direct control over marketing their avocados the system of poorly paid harvesters, high prices for local consumers and the extortion of producers will continue. Continue reading...

Read more...
Positive 0 LOL 0 Interesting 0 Sad 0 Revolting 0 Fake 0

See also

Charities cancel events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club

After the president’s remarks blaming violence at a neo-Nazi rally on ‘both sides,’ the Red Cross and others cancel fundraiser at his propertyThe American Red Cross has said it will cancel its annual fundraiser at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Be...

0 0

Spain terror cell planned Barcelona bombing rampage

Further atrocity in Catalonia thwarted only when stockpiled explosives detonated by accident, say police The terrorist cell which killed 14 people in Catalonia on Thursday was planning to mount a bombing attack in Barcelona that was only abandoned when th...

0 0

U.S. subsidiary of Italian bank to pay $35 mln over improper ADRs- SEC

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Banca IMI Securities Corp., a subsidiary of Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, has agreed to pay $35 million to settle charges it violated U.S. securities laws governing the issuance of American Depositary Receipts, the Secur...

0 0

BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

TORONTO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd shares have been plunging from their more than two-year high hit in June after lackluster earnings and competitive threats have raised doubts about prospects for a turnaround at the business software maker.

0 0

Free-Speech Rights and Hate Groups

Readers, including the A.C.L.U.’s legal director and Floyd Abrams, discuss an Op-Ed essay calling on the A.C.L.U. to rethink its stance.

0 0