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Rising Tortilla Prices Could Cause Political Unrest in Mexico

Fearing political backlash, Mexico's government is promising citizens that it will do what it can to keep tortilla prices right where they are. According to Mexico's National Chamber for the Tortilla and Dough Industry, prices will rise 18 percent in the coming weeks.

The government, sensing troubling inflation and massive protests, is planning to offer financial support to offset the price of transportation and warehousing, according to BBC.

The high costs of corn and gasoline are causing the spike. Hording of corn by producers is also putting a strain on supply. Tortillas, being such a staple, have ability to influence Mexico's national economy. Bloomberg News reports that a 40 percent jump in tortilla prices would probably force the central bank to deliver a significant interest rate hike.

Can you think of a food staple for which an 18 percent rise in price would cause massive street protests in your neck of the woods? Is it surprising that food prices would have a direct impact on the bank's interest rates? What food would cause the government to intervene in the States?


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gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
anaisethenry i thought the same thing... never in my life have i had a taco de pastor in a four colored tortilla!!
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
My house would go nuts with a shortage on tortillas, rice and beans. Those are main staples for us. My MIL already complains that everythings too expensive. They'd probably start making the tortillas at home.
janneth janneth 9 years
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
And what are those tortillas? I'm Mexican and have never seen four-colored tortillas...
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
For NYC: fish for sushi, flour for pizza and coffee beans... I'm not sure where this city would be without those...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I wouldnt drink coffee from starbucks if there were a shortage and they held the last Cuppa.
zeze zeze 9 years
"coffee......yep coffee would cause a riot." ...better yet, a starbucks shortage, I'm sure people would go insane without wird coffee combos! (I'm craving a iced-soy-mocha right now)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I wouldn't know what food shortage would cause a riot in NYC?
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I do too, karissaamy! The problem is then people would have to eat REAL food and that is just unAmerican!
AnnieMarie AnnieMarie 9 years
Beef? Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
coffee......yep coffee would cause a riot.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
MarinerMandy - I wish there was a shortage of high fructose corn syrup - that would help with obesity in this country
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I see the barley beer connection definitely riot material there.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I think if we had a shortage of high fructose corn syrup in this country just about everyone would go's in everything!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I think that dairy prices seem to get a lot of attention, but corn is in everything, so that could create some serious problems.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I was really disappointed by the story about the wasted oreos. I was picturing oreos being run over, and people's tires slipping in the icing. tragic!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
All these food posts are making me hungry.
stephley stephley 9 years
A corn shortage would hurt; so would flour/wheat. We're so big and have so many options though, I think it would have to be something really huge to cause protests or serious intervention. Although all those Oreos on the highway make me think I should run to the store and grab what I can now.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
here? i don't know. Beef? Oranges? Corn? Corn would be the thing that would seem to affect just about everything else if it spiked up in price.
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