Nov 26 8:22 PM

Cocaine, heroin and avocados

Nery Salgado Harrison one of the Templar knights cartel, is presented at Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City, on August 1, 2011.
Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images

How is your love of guacamole connected to Mexican drug cartels? Reports of ‘blood avocados’ say the Knights Templar cartel is using violence and extortion to tap into the $1.5b industry. The high demand for Mexican avocados is led by the US - its biggest importer. We discuss how the cartel’s expansion is impacting local communities. Join the conversation at 7:30pm EST.

On this episode of The Stream, we'll speak to:

Jan-Albert Hootsen @Jayhootsen
Journalist based in Mexico City

Rodrigo Canales @CanalesRo
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

Malcolm Beith @mbeith
Author, The Last Narco

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