For Mexicans, maize is not only the key ingredient of their daily staple, corn tortillas; it forms an integral part of their cultural identity -- according to legend, the Mayan gods created people out of maize, and it was the cultivation of this crop that propelled the rise of Mayan civilization. But soaring corn prices are making it harder for many Mexicans, especially in poor, rural communities, to afford this basic necessity. And experts say the increase in food speculation has something -- if not everything -- to do with it. Writes Tom Levitt for the Ecologist: In the short-term …
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