[10 December/NZ Herald]

British restaurants are being encouraged to take avocados off their menus, amid fears profits are being used to fund Mexican drug cartels. Drug bosses have taken control of farms growing avocados in Michoacan in west Mexico, reports the Daily Mail. One of the area’s most prominent drug cartels is said to earn more than USD277 million a year from “blood avocados” sold to British buyers. Michelin-star chef, JP McMahon, pleaded with customers in the UK to stop eating what the “blood diamonds of Mexico”. The owner of restaurant Aniar and Tartare, went on to tell the Irish Independent that food outlets should “stop serving them” altogether. “Change won’t happen unless consumers avoid them. We don’t use any in our restaurants. There are plenty of alternatives. “I don’t use them because of the impact they have on the countries that they are coming from – deforestation in Chile, violence in Mexico. For me, they are akin to battery chickens.”