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Mezcal Demand Is Putting Mexican Farmers In Jeopardy


Once upon a time, it seemed like mezcal was doomed to forever live in the shadow of tequila’s popularity. Mainstream consumers saw mezcal as a drink for the poor, working class farmers who occupied some of the more remote regions of Mexico. But trends are changing, Slate reports, and mezcal is slowly becoming the “it” drink for high end consumers; bottles for mezcal can easily top $100US or more.

As prices for high quality mezcal skyrocket, entrepreneurs are tapping Oaxacan farmers for a quick profit.


Unfortunately, as Slate reports, mezcal’s production leans heavily on a limited number of farmers who have dedicated their lives to perfecting the distillation process, using techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. But as the popularity of mezcal increases, companies in search of massive profits will be forced to take production out of the hands of farmers. We saw this happen with tequila production many years ago, and unless business practices change, mezcal may face the same fate. Read the whole story at Slate.

[H/T] Mezcal Could Be the Next Tequila

READ: 11 Reasons Why We Have A Love / Hate Relationship With Tequila

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She Went From Nickelodeon To The Latest 'Transformers' Movie


She Went From Nickelodeon To The Latest ‘Transformers’ Movie

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The trailer for “Transformers: The Last Knight” has arrived and it’s exactly what you’d expect from Michael Bay’s successful franchise: lots of big, twisting metal, humans covered in sweat and grease, and Optimus Prime. Mark Wahlberg, reprises his role as Cade Yeager in the trailer for the “The Last Knight,” which foreshadows Optimus Prime’s turn to the dark side — wait, that’s “Star Wars.” Umm, Optimus Prime’s turn to the dark of the moon… um… HE’S GONNA BE EVIL, OK?  You may have spotted a new face getting lots of time in the new trailer.

That face belongs to Isabela Moner, one of the new leads in the film.

You may recognize the 15-year-old actor from her days in Nickelodeon’s “100 Things To Do Before High School.”

Credit: Nickelodeon
CREDIT: Credit: Nickelodeon

Moner, who has Peruvian roots, plays Izabella, a character she described as a homeless tomboy who joins Cade Yeager in his fight against the Decepticons. Moner gave Screenrant a few extra details about her character: “My character is also a welder. She fixes things. She’s known for fixing things. And she knows a lot about Transformers because she’s lived with them after she lost her family in Chicago.

You’ll likely be seeing more of Moner in the future. The teen has already scored a role in “Soldado,” the follow-up to the hit movie “Sicario.”

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is scheduled for release next summer.

READ: Here Are A Few Surprises From Pixar’s Upcoming ‘Coco’ Movie

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