The theory of chaos

Image: blue on a tree by Carlos R

Who would have thought that an esoteric branch of mathematics could explain some of the cufrrent problems of poor mexicans? Chaos theory explains the latest problem for this segment of Mexican society.

At the heart of this argument lies the classic ‘butterfly effect‘. According to Wikipedia,the butterfly effect “… refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear“. In this case, there is no butterfly; rather, an insatiable petrol-hungry beast: North America. With the trend in petrol supplies and price increases, George Bush’s administration has been promoting the generation of significant quantities of bio-diesel, and corn is one of the bio-material sources used by bio-diesel manufacturers.

Since the USA and Mexico have a Free Trade agreement, it is extremely easy (and cheap) for these producers to source it corn from this third-world country. The result is an exhorbitant increase in local prices of corn throughout Mexico. Now the poor no longer can buy tortilla’s, one of their basic staples.

The theory of chaos:
NAFTA + Global economics + Petrol crisis = poor Mexicans going hungry.


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