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Why the Mexican Rural Sector Can’t Take It Anymore

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The countryside was the foundation of Mexico’s national development from the mid1930s to the mid-1960s. It produced cheap food for urban dwellers and raw materials for the steadily expanding national industries. Although the managed prices of agricultural products were kept low to the benefit of the industrial sector, Mexico’s agriculture experienced the kinds of growth rates that current President Fox might want to insert in his pie-in-the-sky speeches about the future of Mexico.