No, Adam, at bro night,
we watch “Game of Thro–” What?
Are we in Mexico? Yup! You wanted to hear
the twisted tale of how the drug cartels
got involved in the avocado trade,
right? No! Oh, we’re here anyway. Americans can’t get
enough avocados. In 2017, we imported
$2.6 billion worth of ’em. Nearly all of that
from Mexico. But we weren’t always goo-goo
for the guac glop. In fact, Mexican avocados
used to be banned in the U.S. until the lifting of a trade ban
with Mexico in 1994. Okay, I’ve got
your avocado toast, avocado smoothie, and avocado mimosa. Sorry that took
a couple decades. America was eager to import
cheap Mexican vegetables and export American
staple crops. And Mexico was deep in debt, so the U.S. government offered
to bail them out. But they demanded
some big compromises. Okay, Mexico,
if we’re gonna trade, you gotta be
more like us. More business,
less taxes. But if I can’t
collect taxes, how am I supposed to run
my country? Oh, relax,
Tío Manuel. It’ll be fine. But it wasn’t fine. Since the Mexican government
wasn’t investing as much in local institutions,
the cartels were able to strong-arm
small-town police forces, pay off politicians,
and just take over entire towns. I am the one who knocks… over
your town’s infrastructure. Who’s the bad guy? The cartel dude
or Uncle Sam? They both are,
just in different ways. Okay?
Keep up. But when the U.S.
and Mexican governments started cracking down
on the drug trade, the cartels needed
to diversify their interests, which brings us to avocados. They want to crack down
on my drugs? Fine! I’ll prey on a legal trade,
like avocados. No!
I didn’t say no! (growling) (laughing) Oh, my God.
He bit through the pit.