As the price of commodities has skyrocketed in recent years, a number of countries have seen citizens take to the street to let the authorities know of their displeasure at the price of their favorite grain -- whether it's rice in Asian countries, wheat in Europe, or corn in Mexico, where tortillas should accompany any meal. This week Mexico joined a smallish group of countries that provide for the constitutional right to food. (David Law wrote last year about a move afoot in India). According to a newly enacted revision to Article 4 of the storied Mexican constitution:
Article 4: Every person has the right to adequate food to maintain his or her wellbeing and physical, emotional and intellectual development. The State must guarantee this right.
Article 11.1: The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right, recognizing to this effect the essential importance of international cooperation based on free consent.