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The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by tucsonmike on 12 February 2007 1:07am
 
Globalization has struck. The United States is looking more to using Ethanol to fuel cars. This is made from corn.

Ah, yes. This is fine and dandy. Corn is the bread staple of the Mexican diet. Suddenly corn was in short supply and the price of tortillas went up to 80 cents U.S. per kilo.

Doesn't sound like much to many of us. Half of the Mexican population is considered poor by Mexican standards. 80 cents or 800 pesos is a lot of money to a poor family in Oaxaca. Many Mexicans still only get tortillas and beans to eat.

Just shows us how we are so interconnected.

 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by foreignrabbit on 14 February 2007 6:08am
 
and perhaps the inability of your government to accept globalisation as an entity. the should start looking at all the consequences of their industries on not only your close neighbor mexico but all of modern civilisation.

while i realise that not many countries take it seriously, america would have the influance to make the changes not only in their country but across the whole globe.
 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by tucsonmike on 15 February 2007 2:19am
 
Martin, understand something about George Bush. He didn't venture out of the country until he was elected President. Many of his staff members are the same way.

We could probably lead globalization down the road if the rest of the world trusts us enough.
 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by Miss-M on 15 February 2007 5:16am
 
We trust you Mike, but not your government. Or ours for that matter.
 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by sighthound on 15 February 2007 5:35am
 
I don't trust my government. Not in the least.

I watched Bush's press conference this morning in horror. That deluded man is trying to set the American public up for a war on Iran just like he set it up for the war on Iraq. I didn't buy it then and I don't buy it now but, this time, I think that the rest of the American public will be with me.

The fact that Bush had NEVER travelled outside of the United States before he became President is incredibly significant. He has absolutely no understanding about how the rest of the world works.

G.
 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by foreignrabbit on 15 February 2007 12:07pm
 
there has to be a reasonable explanation as to why up to 150 mil people voted for him.

its like asking how hitler managed to get czechoslovakia and austria before somebody important said anything
 
Re: The Corn and Tortilla Wars. by kazzzz on 16 February 2007 4:24am
 
Geraldine the man is beyond scary :(
 



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