Many thanks to Bill Geoghegan for this article. See http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2011/02/12/commerce-news-mexicos-new-agricultural-crisis/
Commerce News: Mexico’s New Agricultural Crisis
February 12, 2011
February’s freezing fury has left a path of crumpled crops, pummeled harvests and dashed dreams in the countryside of northern Mexico. Hardest hit was the northwestern state of Sinaloa, known as the “Bread Basket of Mexico,” where about 750,000 acres of corn crops were reported destroyed after unusually cold temperatures blanketed the north of the country in January and early February.
Sinaloa is among Mexico’s major producers of white corn, the variety of maize used to make staple tortillas.
Heriberto Felix Guerra, secretary of the federal Secretariat for Social Development (SEDESOL), called the weather-related losses “the worst disaster” in the history of Sinaloa.
Altogether, more than 1.5 million acres of corn, vegetable, citrus and other crops were either damaged or destroyed in Sinaloa, with a preliminary economic loss of approximately one billion dollars.
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