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  •  The US did not screw up Mexico (2+ / 0-)
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    anana, 6412093

    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.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    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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      roberb7, PatriciaVa

      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.

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