Beware the avocado mafia in Mexico | Letters

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The only people who gain are those who market the avocados abroad, and the political organisations associated with them, says Charles Posner

Your 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.

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