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A man tosses a cooked piña to Garcia Martinez. Due to the demand for mezcal in the United States, mezcaleros are having to pay a premium on ready-to-harvest plants. Maguey plants take anywhere from 8 to 12 years to reach maturity, forcing farmers to increase prices of their products.

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A man tosses a cooked piña to Garcia Martinez. Due to the demand for mezcal in the United States, mezcaleros are having to pay a premium on ready-to-harvest plants. Maguey plants take anywhere from 8 to 12 years to reach maturity, forcing farmers to increase prices of their products.