Luck 2-25

Luck 2-25 - Katherine Luck Feb. 25th, 2008 4-8 US., Mexico...

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Katherine Luck Feb. 25 th , 2008 4-8 US., Mexico trumpet NAFTA changes but farmers balk By: Missy Ryan and Mica Rosenberg January 1, 2008 – Mexico and U.S. dropped a few trade restrictions on farms goods that remained 14 years after NAFTA brought a new era of commerce to the regional economy. Quotas and tariff were eliminated on U.S. exports of corn and beans going to Mexico Mark Keenum (US undersecretary for farm) – the agreement had been a win for farmers in both countries creating increasing the agricultural trade and providing US farmers potential for new export opportunities. Changes are deeply unpopular in Mexico. Farmers fear unrestricted imports will depress prices. Most of Mexico 3 Million corn produces and ½ million of bean producers make a living on small farms. Victor Suarez (Head-small farmer organization)“we produce enough in Mexico, we don’t need imports” Mexican farmers believe the treaty should be renegotiated – President Felipe Calderon seems unlikely to agree. Neither Bush administration would modify NAFTA Free trade restrictions is a “recipe for disaster” for those who depend on Mexico’s farm sector Farm trade has soared between the 2 nations since the treaty was negotiated, with 2-way trade growing almost fourfold from 1993 to hit $22.2billion in 2007. Conclusion: The fewer trade restriction, the worse farmers in Mexico will be. Corn has being around in Mexico since the Aztec times and will probably banish after a few years. Mexican small farms will disappear since they can’t compete with US subsidies corn prices. The government and elite in Mexico doesn’t seem to care about the poorer families and certainly this new negotiation will create more poverty. Why Mexico’s small Corn Farmers Go Hungry By: Tina Rosenberg Mexican Farmers farm they way the have for centuries, on tiny plots of land watered by rain and plows pulled by burros Mr. Hernandez is battling to bring his family out of the middle ages. Small farms in Mexico compete with American products raised on mega farms. Products are heavily subsidized by the government and are exported for less than it cost to grow them. American corn sells in Mexico 25% less than its cost. Mexican prices for corn are so low that they lose money. Campesinos marched into Mexico City’s central plaza to protest, but they are unlikely to get what they want, renegotiation
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