Why one of the most popular foods in Mexico has doubled in price in ten years

Why is one of the most popular foods of Mexico has doubled in price in ten years

the tortilla has doubled in price over the last 10 years. Several factors can be noted by increasing one of the main food of Mexicans.

As officials of various kinds continue to argue about the rising price of tortillas and although there are different positions and explanations for the increase are the pockets of ordinary citizens who are affected by this rise to one of the most popular foods of Mexico: la omelette .

One of the first explanations that occurred earlier in the week when prices to $ 18 per kilo of tortillas were recorded in some states was that the price per tonne of maize had soared from 3,600 pesos to 5,000 pesos in some regions. This, because the big companies link the price of corn at Chicago market, prices affected by the devaluation of the peso against the dollar.

From 2005 to 2015 the price increase per kilogram was 92.9%

However, José Calzada, head of SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food) said working trip in the state of Colima, that there is no justification for the increase in the price per kilogram of tortillas as there surplus maize production .

in the state of Jalisco in turn, a desk was organized with producers of dough and tortillas along with the State Government and se agreed such that tortilla price would be set between 9 and 14 pesos per kilo . In other states of the Republic prices vary but the trend is upward

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Brent Hofacker – Shutterstock

it is important to note that price tortilla has been an increase of 92.9 percent from 2005 to 2015 . This is a very complex issue for the population it is estimated that represents 8.3% of food spending in Mexican households , above other factors such as milk and soft drinks; according to INEGI one national per capita consumption of 57 kilograms of tortilla estimates.

Another worrying factor for the population’s purchasing power today is much lower, se estimated a loss of 79.21% compared to the purchasing power in 1982. Even it is estimated that the price increases in basic goods and wage depreciation directly influence the amount of tortilla It consumed, although it is a major and traditional food in the country.

the tortilla crisis is not an alien thing for people, just in the past six years, while handling Felipe Calderon, an increase of 40 percent in the price of tortillas made official. Scheme until 2014 can be seen in the following table, which belongs to report CEDRSSA (Centre for Sustainable Rural Development and Food Sovereignty).

 Tortilla-report


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Why one of the most popular foods in Mexico has doubled in price in ten years
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February 13, 2016


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