Laura Millan Lombrana and Daniela Guzman Bloomberg Updated 1:46 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 Chile’s location far from the demand centers and trafficking routes had protected the country from a continent-wide crime wave – until now. This year, demand from European millennials and rich Chinese has pushed the price of avocados so high, even Chilean gangs are getting in on the act. Theft of the so-called green gold has become big business. The crime has reached such a level that Crescente Molina, who produced 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of avocados last year in central Chile, has had to take drastic action. “We already pulled out avocado trees in the areas most vulnerable to theft because this is no longer profitable,” even as prices soar, Molina said by phone. “We have replaced them with citrus trees, which are not as appetizing to thieves.” Avocados are the staple of every Chilean table for breakfast, lunch-time salads and afternoon snacks. Now … [Read more...] about Chile’s black market traffics in avocados
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Boz Hot Dogs still a popular stop on Ridge Road Hot dog fans in the Region have frequented Boz Hot Dogs for decades.The hot dog joint got its start in 1969 in Dolton where it stood at 142nd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.Boz Hot Dogs on Ridge Road in Lansing has a casual setting which is also retro-inspired as it sports old-fashioned decor and signage. Northwest Indiana residents also will find a smaller Boz on Sheffield Avenue in Dyer.During a recent stop at the Lansing Boz, we felt as though we'd taken a journey back in time. Customers walk up to the counter to order and then can take their food to a table or booth on the premises to dine in.While we dined in the restaurant, there were quite a few people visiting the eatery to carry out their food. Retro tunes played on the radio in the restaurant as we dined. It definitely felt like a throw-back to high school days where "good fast" food such as hot dogs, cheesy fries, onion rings and chili cheese dogs were a favorite.Our dinner … [Read more...] about Restaurant Scene: Boz Hot Dogs still a popular stop on Ridge Road
What's brunch these days without a little bit of smashed avocado on a piece of toast? The fleshy fruit rich in healthy fats is more popular than ever, but in addition to surging prices, avocado fans may have one more thing to worry about. The number of injuries caused by improper handling and cutting of avocados is on the rise. The U.K. newspaper The Times reports that the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is seeing a growing number of patients in the emergency room as a result of "avocado hand" – injuries from failed attempts to cut an avocado. "People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them," Dr. Simon Eccles, the former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine, told the paper. Stateside, doctors say they're seeing a similar trend. Sheel Sharma, M.D., clinical associate professor in the Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Brunchers beware: “Avocado hand” injuries on the rise
A Spanish company has been making headlines this week after announcing that it will be launching reduced-fat avocados later this month. According to Isla Bonita's website, the "Avocado Light" will contain 30 percent less fat than regular avocados. The company claims the product is 100 percent natural and "cultivated in very specific climates" in Latin America. It also says the fruit ripens faster, oxidizes slower (meaning it won't turn brown as quickly when sliced), and will be produced year-round, though at this time it will only be available for purchase in Spain. The Food and Health Program of the Spanish Heart Foundation has given the Avocado Light its seal of approval as a product with reduced fat content. But does the world need a low-fat version of the much beloved avocado? Generally lauded as a"super-food," avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL cholesterol levels – often referred to as the "bad" kind of cholesterol. "Avocados are also … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Does the world really need “diet” avocados?
Avocado prices are entering "holy guacamole" territory. Prices for avocados have surged in the past year, with the retail price of a single Hass avocado jumping 26 percent from February to March alone, according to the Hass Avocado Board. The price of a 22-pound box of avocados from the biggest producing state in Mexico has doubled over the past year and reached a 19-year high, Bloomberg News reports. That will lead to pricer guacamole this Cinco de Mayo, as well as even more precious avocado toast for the hipster set. The popularity of the fruit is partially to blame, with Americans eating about 7 pounds of avocados per year in 2014, compared with 1.1 pound per capita in 1989. Even Starbucks (SBUX) is getting in on the trend, with the coffee chain introducing an avocado spread for toast earlier this year. Another reason for the higher costs are expectations of a smaller harvest, Bloomberg noted. Avocado trees produce annual harvests that cycle between large and small … [Read more...] about Guaca-moolah? Avocado prices are surging