Falko Ernst

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Farm workers load crates of freshly picked avocados into a truck at a plantation in Tacambaro, in Michoacan state, Mexico, June 7, 2017. Picture taken June 7, 2017. Alan Ortega/Reuters

For Mexico's avocado producers, the explosion in their crop's popularity has brought a veritable green gold rush, but it also has a darker side. So rich in nutrients they are widely labeled a "superfruit," consumption of avocados in the US alone has doubled in the last ten years to make for a $2.4 billion market.

As a result, everybody from producers down in Mexico, which provides 80% of what is consumed in the States, to your local Whole Foods has been making a killing. The issue: so has Mexican organized crime, literally. Above all in the state of Michoacán, which exports 90% of Mexico's avocados, the bloodshed is no longer "just" about drugs.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses the troops at Military Camp 1 in Mexico City, Mexico, 25 November 2018. REUTERS

What are the main challenges facing López Obrador?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador inherits several deepening crises. The first is crime: at least 200,000 people have been killed or disappeared since Mexico’s “war on drugs” began in late 2006, and the violence is getting worse. 2018 has already surpassed 2017 as the year with the largest number of homicides on record in the country. Behind the higher murder rate is a cycle of failed efforts to reform state institutions – above all, to curb corruption and police collusion with organised crime – and the metastasis of organised crime itself.

Ten years ago, there were a handful of criminal organisations dedicated to drug trafficking in Mexico.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses the troops at Military Camp 1 in Mexico City, Mexico, 25 November 2018. REUTERS

What are the main challenges facing López Obrador?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador inherits several deepening crises. The first is crime: at least 200,000 people have been killed or disappeared since Mexico’s “war on drugs” began in late 2006, and the violence is getting worse. 2018 has already surpassed 2017 as the year with the largest number of homicides on record in the country. Behind the higher murder rate is a cycle of failed efforts to reform state institutions – above all, to curb corruption and police collusion with organised crime – and the metastasis of organised crime itself.

Ten years ago, there were a handful of criminal organisations dedicated to drug trafficking in Mexico.…  Seguir leyendo »