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Oh, the Salty, Salty Sea

By Julie Etra for The Eye Magazine Salt content of the seas and oceans varies as do the types of salts they contain. The simple definition of a salt is any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, or cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negatively charged ions), to produce […]

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Corn: Mexico’s Gift to the World and New Possibilities for this Ancient Grain

Although I have written several articles about corn A (Zea mays), for The Eye, this one focuses on an outstanding new discovery that may truly revolutionize the agriculture “industry”? and associated production of this grain worldwide. A Short History of Corn First a little background. I have been fascinated with the history of this plant […]

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Mexico: #1 in Avocados

Mexico is first in the world for avocado production. It is hugely important to the Mexican economy. Its production represents 45.95% of the world’s international export market according to the Agriculture Secretariat (SAGARPA: La Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación). Exporting Avocados The Mexican avocado is one of the country’s most successful […]

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Origin of the word 'Gringo'

Origin of the Term ‘Gringo’

It does not come from soldiers signing ‘Green Grow the Rushes O’ during the Mexican-American War (1846-48), or from Panamanians urging our soldiers in green uniforms to go home during the canal uprisings, in 1903 when the US established the exclusive Canal Zone or in 1964 when the Panamanians demanded that their flag be flown […]

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