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Farmers in Mexico's avocado heartland are relying on vigilantes to protect their 'green gold'

The Mexican state of Michoacan is a hub for avocado production, and its fortunes have risen as demand for the crop has increased. But the state has long been a hotbed for organized-crime groups, who have preyed on legitimate businesses, like agriculture. One municipality there has set up its own police force, which it says keeps the cartels at bay. Global demand for avocados has grown considerably in recent years, and Mexican farmers have been a major beneficiary, declaring the crop "green gold.
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