Reverend Dan Dale and Dr. Pancho McFarland will be joining us as our guest speakers.
From “The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet” by Ted Robbins
“Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you’ll see things you’d never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter. Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it’s the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month. In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables…’Twenty years ago, in tomato items alone, you did not have 365-day distribution from Mexico to the United States,he [Jaime Chamberlain] says. ‘And now … every single day of the year, you will find Mexican tomatoes in the U.S. market.'”
Questions for Consideration
What is the legacy that NAFTA has left behind? What kind of impact did it have on the U.S. diet? What kind of effect did the passage of NAFTA have on farmers and workers on both sides of the border? What kind of benefits or drawbacks did the trade agreement provide?
Want to learn more?
- NAFTA And The Future Of Canada, Mexico And The United States
- Deeper, Better, NAFTA
- NAFTA Hurts Workers on Both Sides of the Border
- Lessons from 20 years of NAFTA
- How beer explains NAFTA’s devastating effects on Mexico