As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala's Hunger Pangs
From the New York Times 2013
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: January 5, 2013
GUATEMALA CITY — In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed.
Félix Pérez used to grow corn, beans and fruit behind his home. He now rents a hillside plot. Meanwhile, in rural areas, subsistence farmers struggle to find a place to sow their seeds. On a recent morning, José Antonio Alvarado was harvesting his corn crop on the narrow median of Highway 2 as trucks zoomed by.