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NAFTA’s Rural Legacy: Dumping, displacement, and dependency

Originally Published on Medium on December 15,2019 Migrant from rural Mexico awaits transport to the United States. (Photo: © David Bacon dbacon@igc.org) The following is excerpted from Chapter 8 of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press 2019). The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provoked a wave of migration to the United States. Many of those migrants were coming from the post-NAFTA disaster that was rural Mexico. The country’s three million maize farmers were under assault. Their government had eliminated key agencies that supported small-scale producers, such as CONASUPO, which bought and marketed basic grains at support

Taking on Toxics: Communities are waking up to the hidden threats of pesticide use and building mome

Digging Deeper: Going Beneath the Headlines Photo by Sven/Flickr Originally Published on Earth Island Journal, Winter 2019. INSTRUCTIONS ON THE packaging of Monsanto’s biggest-selling weed killers Roundup and RangerPro tell you to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks. They tell you to wash your hands before “eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet.” But there is no warning that exposure to even trace amounts of these pesticides may cause terminal cancer. Nor will you be told that the World Health Organization ruled in 2015 that glyphosate, the active ingredient in these weed killers, is a probable human carcinogen. But in the wake of the first succ

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