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May 8, 2018

A growing thirst for tequila from New York to Tokyo has made the sale of the drink into a multibillion-dollar industry, but its production remains rooted in centuries-old methods of farming using hand tools and packs of mules.

Tequila boom rooted in traditional farming techniques
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Jose Luis Flores, an arriero or muleteer rests at his house after a harvest in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, April 13, 2018. "I helped my dad for 20 years and I love it," Flores said. "No one can replace us, not even a machine. My mules can get past any cliff or difficult path." He hopes to pass down his trade to his four children. "I think I'm going to buy more mules. This is a family business now," he said. CARLOS JASSO/REUTERS

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