MEXICO: Cantaloupe Valley

Tarascan Indians and mestizos labored through the hot harvest days last week in the fertile western state of Michoacán. Through irrigated fields of the Apatzingán valley, the farmhands piled wagons high with golden cantaloupes, destined to bring premium prices in the U.S. market. On his model 250-acre farm, the man who made the cantaloupe the valley's top cash crop, estimated his own harvest profit at $20,000. "Give me three more years like this," said Albert Williams, a 37-year-old Californian, "and I'll be rich." His growing skill is making the valley rich with...

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