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[*] Post 503123 posted on 15-6-2016 at 21:11 Reply With Quote
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Since January there have been close to 40 large-scale thefts from avocado orchards in the north island of New Zealand, with as many as 350 fruit stolen at a time.



It is suspected many more thefts have gone unreported.

Avocados are selling for between NZ$4-6 each (£2-3) across the country, after a poor season last year and increasing local demand.

According to New Zealand Avocado in 2015 an additional 96,000 New Zealand households began purchasing avocados, and local growers – largely geared towards the lucrative export market – have been unable to keep up with the surge in demand.

The recent thefts have taken place in the middle of the night, with the crop either “raked” from the tree and collected in blankets or sheets on the ground, or hand-picked and driven away to pop-up road-side stalls, grocery stores or small-scale sushi, fruit and sandwich shops in Auckland.

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[*] Post 503124 posted on 15-6-2016 at 22:10 Reply With Quote


From the full article: "Sergeant Aaron Fraser of Waihi said....“These stolen avocados can carry risks,” he said. “They are unripe, some have been sprayed recently and they may still carry toxins on the skin."

I found that statement quite upsetting/disturbing re the possibility of toxic chemicals being used. ...."may still..." as if the Tooth Fairy will come along and magically make the poisons vanish before they reach the marketplace. So 'No Humans Were Harmed In The Consumption Of The Avocados'---Yeah Right!!!!!
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[*] Post 503125 posted on 15-6-2016 at 22:44 Reply With Quote


Don't forget folks - the pop up road side stalls are dangerous!
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