Is The TPP Killing Mexican Farming?

While there are many benefits to Mexico being a part of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), there are also some potential negatives, one of which is explored in the article “Mexico food insecurity worsened by TPP” (https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/60670). As part of the TPP, tariff exemptions are extended to more countries. These tariff exemptions result in added “food insecurity and hard times” for farmers. The wide range of food products that will be imported tariff-free have the potential to threaten local production and goods such as grains, eggs, tuna, salt, oils, fruits, vegetables, and bulbs of the agave plant. “With the TPP looming, not only will Mexico be on the receiving end of waves of tariff free imports, but participating member states have also refused to cut subsidies to major agribusiness corporations involved in international trade. With cheaply produced imported crops on the market, local farmers may get pushed out, unable to compete with subsidized products”. The TPP has already been condemned by some for showing bias toward corporate and international public interests. This argument about Mexico’s agribusiness is only additional fuel to the flame. Can the TPP be restructured to compensate for the potential threat to Mexico farmers? What will the end outcome be?

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