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The link between avocados and crime

In English the word “avocado” refers to a fleshy fruit, native to Mexico. In Spanish an abogado is a lawyer.

That is apt. The avocado has found itself flirting with the law on numerous occasions in recent months. What is the link between avocados and crime?

Since the late 1990s appetite for avocados has steadily increased. In 2013 global production reached 4.7m metric tonnes—up 100% from 1998. A few factors explain the boom. Clever marketing has drawn consumers to the fruit for its high nutritional content (it is full of the sort of “good” fats lauded by dieticians) and health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart disease. Moreover, it is also the main component in guacamole, a dip that has benefited from the rising popularity of Mexican fast food, such as tacos. As a result traditional markets have expanded while new ones have emerged: avocado exports to China quadrupled in the five years from 2008.

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