Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo!

Most people don't even know the history behind Cinco de Mayo. It's not just a good excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas. I am here to educate you.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when 4,000 Mexicans defeated 8,000  French troops. This action prevented the French from aiding the South in the Civil War. So there is a direct impact to the USA. Mexicans and Latinos living in California, who supported the cause of Mexican freedom, created Cinco de Mayo. It is a celebration of Mexican heritage. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

So how does this relate to Agriculture? Well, Agriculture was and still is in certain areas the primary occupation of many in Mexico. One of the main crops and the unifying ingredient across Mexico and in Mexican cuisine is corn. Roughly 45,000 tortilla producers and 10,000 corn millers operate throughout Mexico. The corn exports have however increased to Mexico.  Here in Kansas in 2009 farmers set a record of harvesting 598 million bushels. When you are eating the tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more think about there it came from and how it made its way to your plate.

So I guess it does kinda tie back into eating great food after all!

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