Mexico Fires Back Against Trump With Plan to Target US Farmers

Casey Mills
February 15, 2017

Mexico and the U.S.' rocky relationship may soon be even more complicated now that the country is threatening to ban buying US corn.

The treaty has helped to dismantle Mexico's agricultural production system through neoliberal policies that have left millions of poor farmers without state support and made the country increasingly dependent on food from overseas.

Mexico is one of the top buyers of USA corn and the move will be a tough blow to the US agriculture industry, said the president of the commission Armando RĂ­os Piter from the leftist PRD party.

If the country does decide to get its corn from places like Brazil and Argentina, the senior economist believes this will hit the Nebraska economy hard and will have a big impact on farmers who are just trying to make ends meet.

The United States is now the largest producer and exporter of corn, but that title may take a hit if Guerrero Sen.

Mexico Fires Back Against Trump With Plan to Target US Farmers
Mexico Fires Back Against Trump With Plan to Target US Farmers

American farmers sent $2.4 billion of corn to Mexico in 2015, the most recent year of available data. He blames it for a flood of manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

Since last September, the US has shipped 5 million metric tons of corn to Mexico, an 8% increase from a year ago. In 1995, the year after NAFTA became law, corn exports to Mexico were a mere $391 million.

Trump also wants to renegotiate NAFTA.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service released a report in 2015 that contradicts Trump's claims about the trade deal.

"It's very clear that we have to be prepared to immediately be able to neutralize the impact of a measure of that nature", Guajardo said January 13 on a Mexican news show.

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