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  •  I was aware that corn production... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...in Mexico was curtailed in the wake of NAFTA consequences, but I really was ignorant of the magnitude. We screwed Mexico and we screwed ourselves just so a handful of players could play corn futures with predictable and very profitable results.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 01:43:05 PM PDT

    •  The US did not screw up Mexico (2+ / 0-)
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      CSG's Nafta negotiators could have protected corn imports, the same way that Japan has protected rice, and Brazil has protected many of its crops.

      The fact is that Mexico, under PRI and PAN administrations, would put the GOP to shame.  No country in Latin America has embraced laissez-faire capitalism to the degree that Mexican pols have since 1982.

      The US agricultural industry if far more productive (yield/acre) than Mexico's.  It follows that Mexican corn would have difficulty competing against US corn.  Mexican pols/bureaucrats knew this, but didn't care.

      And the price of corn has also negatively impacted Mexico's obesity rate.

      Glance at a chart of per-capita tortilla consumption in Mexico vs obesity rates, since 1990.

      Up until CSG's "presidency", the Mexican government subsidized (regulated) the price of tortillas.  CSG thought that was too "socialistic", so he let market forces determine price.

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      by PatriciaVa on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 01:55:40 PM PDT

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      •  And not to forget the Monsanto link to (2+ / 0-)
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        Mexican corn. Driving up the west coast through Sinaloa and Hermosillo are miles, miles and kilometers of densely planted corn proudly labeled Monsanto # this or #that ---this is a tremendous change in just a few short years.  Corn and pot and meth labs, oh my.

    •  I agree completely. The US's Agri-industry (2+ / 0-)
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      was especially anxious to be able to sell their very low cost (after massive US federal government subsidies) corn to Mexico and swipe huge supply contracts from the monopolist food suppliers there like Molinos Azteca, S.A., now: Gruma.

      Why should big Mexican buyers mess around with buying from a million subsistence farmers who are just barely squeaking by, scattered all over the country with all the complicated logistics that requires, when they can just sign one or two enormous contracts and have huge ship-loads of corn delivered directly to their plants?

      It wasn't only Mexican politicians who screwed poor farmers, it was the massive US agri-industry lobby who demanded Mexico drop all corn tariffs in return for allowing Mexican vegetables into the USA.

      Nothing is as simple as it first appears.

      I'm not sure about laissez-faire capitalism means monopolies over every major economic sector in the country. But maybe it does.

      What I do know is that there were many US bad-actors involved in screwing Mexican corn farmers. The blame isn't only one sided.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 08:00:24 PM PDT

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