75% of Mexico’s soil now too dry to cultivate crops

Jorge Silva/Reuters

At least 9,000 years ago, humans began domesticating corn for the first time near Tehuacán, in the central Mexican state of Puebla, laying the foundation for permanent settlements in the Americas.

But in the past few years, more frequent and longer droughts have forced many farmers in the area to give up corn and other cereals in favor of alternatives requiring less water such as pistachio nuts or cactus.

Agricultural experts predict parts of Mexico will feel the effects of climate change more than many countries, not least because its location between two oceans and straddling the Tropic of Cancer expose it to weather volatility.

Sol Ortiz, director of the Agriculture Ministry’s climate change group, noted that 75% of Mexico’s soil is already considered too dry to cultivate crops. In regions such as Tehuacán, temperatures may rise more than the global average.

Irony doesn’t put beans on the table, though. Or corn. The country that domesticated corn for domestic and export crops…now is the world’s 2nd largest importer of corn.

9 thoughts on “75% of Mexico’s soil now too dry to cultivate crops

    • Mick says:

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  1. Displaced person says:

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