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Organized crime rings target California nut business




This year, many of the pistachios grown in California's San Joaquin Valley are missing the green, fatty meat that nut lovers crave. Instead, they're empty inside, the result of drought, heat and weather pattern changes that have messed with pistachio tree fertilization.
This year, many of the pistachios grown in California's San Joaquin Valley are missing the green, fatty meat that nut lovers crave. Instead, they're empty inside, the result of drought, heat and weather pattern changes that have messed with pistachio tree fertilization.
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Dry weather is a major headache for farmers - and so is theft

Thieves are targeting California's walnut, almond and pistachio producers. No joke -- we're talking truck loads here...

Last year, nut thefts hit an all-time high here - with losses totaling $4.6 million.

Yesterday, the Western Agricultural Processor's Association held an emergency meeting to talk about the issue...

Our next guest was there... Scott Cornell is a crime and theft specialist with Traveler's Insurance and an expert on cargo thefts.

When I spoke to him, he told me that these thefts have only gotten worse over the last few years. He also believes that these thefts may be even worse than organized thefts of electronics.