S3:E1 | 11.7.2019

The True Cost of Mezcal

Mezcal has recently enjoyed a spike in popularity, which brought a welcome surge to the Oaxacan economy, the southern Mexican state where Mezcal is produced. But is the demand for Mezcal outgrowing the supply? What can be done to ensure it survives for years to come without sacrificing the agave plants and land that sustain it? Can mezcal avoid becoming the next tequila?

About This Episode

Mezcal has recently enjoyed a spike in popularity, which brought a welcome surge to the Oaxacan economy, the southern Mexican state where Mezcal is produced. But is the demand for Mezcal outgrowing the supply? What can be done to ensure it survives for years to come without sacrificing the agave plants and land that sustain it? Can mezcal avoid becoming the next tequila?

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About the Reporters

Emily Green is a freelance reporter based in Mexico City. She covers immigration and politics, and loves off the beaten path stories about sports, music and — of course — mezcal. You can check out her work at www.emilytgreen.com.

Mateo Schimpf is an independent audio and video producer based out of Denver. He plans for the unplanned—like a six month surf trip that turned into two years of documenting artists and entrepreneurs across Latin America. Mateo recently launched a live acoustic music video series, UNWRAPT, and continues to produce visual pieces through his company, Poco a Poco.

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