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Trade and Global Affairs

With a global economic system that includes the movement of both food products and labor, a country’s food and farm policies can have far-reaching effects. In the United States, the years following the adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signaled the beginning of record payouts to commodity farmers. Unable to compete with their heavily subsidized neighboring growers to the North, Mexico’s traditional corn farmers were priced out of the market. Tufts University researchers estimate that up to 2.3 million Mexican farmers were forced to leave their homelands in search of work, as they could not keep pace with the dumping of subsidized goods in their country.