Mexico Tempted to Shift From Tortillas to Ethanol

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Conflit d’intérêts entre le maïs et l’éthanol au Mexique

En 2010, la sécheresse sévit au Mexique et met à mal les champs de maïs © AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO

Farmers’ protests and the rise in corn tortilla prices in late December put temporary brakes on the Mexican Senate, which was preparing to lift the national ban on utilising maize to make fuel alcohol, or ethanol.

The policy shift is included in the bio-energy bill that former senator Mario López Valdez had pushed for two years. He is now governor of the northwestern state of Sinaloa. The bill was approved in committee by all political parties and presented to the Senate on Dec. 9.

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