The Tortilla Crisis

The Times (of London) has the story,

Tortilla crisis hits the poor as clean fuel drives up corn price

…Tens of thousands of farmers, trade unionists and consumers gathered in Mexico City’s central square this week to protest against the rising price of the staple of the Mexican diet since pre-Hispanic times. “No corn, no country,” protesters chanted as they massed for the first big demonstration against Mr Calderón. Workers on the minimum wage could now spend a third of their earnings on tortillas alone…

Prices have also been affected by an increased US demand for corn as a source of ethanol, the alternative, ecofriendly fuel…


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