Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

First Stop: Mexico

The country of Mexico is an agricultural cradle for the Mesoamericas. Mexico’s productions are foods that are primarily included in their everyday diet. Products like chili peppers, corn, beans, squash, and many different spices find their way not only into the stomachs of the Mexican culture, but also into the farmland. Mexico’s most profitable commodities are its grain products such as corn and wheat; however, the country is perhaps best known for its assembly of various tropical fruits. The most dire products to the Mexican economy are their production of coffee, and winter fruits that cannot be grown elsewhere. Reports show that over 60% of Mexican exports go to the United States. Interestingly enough, Mexico is also the U.S.’s most prominent market for beef, dairy, swine, turkey, rice, and apples.

Mexico’s land is known for its mountainous and arid forest-filled terrains. Nonetheless, on Mexico’s territory 15% percent of land is dedicated to crop growth, while a growing 58% remains distributed among livestock producers. Soils in Mexico are also known for being dense and generating poor yields.

Although Agriculture is obviously not one of Mexico’s most promising markets, their industry is still thriving and crucial to the lives of the citizens of the country.

Resources:

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/mexico/310329/sept13/Agricultural-Trade-0913.pdf

Image Sources:

http://www.mexicanbusinessweb.mx/eng/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/agro.jpg

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