Mexican who cited drug lords as example resigns
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican agriculture official who caused a stir by suggesting farmers should learn from drug traffickers resigned Thursday.
The Agriculture Department said Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Max Jones resigned after reportedly saying farmers "should follow the example of drug traffickers, because they produce what the market demands."
"Today, on the other hand, farmers produce (crops) and later check to see if there is any demand in the market," Jones said in remarks widely cited by local media Wednesday.''
The department statement Thursday did not give a reason for the resignation. It said a replacement would soon be named.