As a new NAFTA agreement is in the works, and negotiators from the US and Mexico reach a preliminary agreement, a scholar examines the costs to Mexico’s food and public health of 25 years under NAFTA. In the new book “Eating NAFTA,” the social researcher analyzes how after NAFTA, local produce markets have been replaced with supermarkets, milpa-based cuisine has declined, and Mexicans are eating corn in chips and sodas, rather than in tortillas, tamales and atole. As a consequence, Mexicans are now plagued by diabetes and other diet-related illnesses, in what is described as “one of the most precipitous increases in chronic disease in human history.”
Guest: Dr. Alyshia Gálvez, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, Lehman College, City University of New York, Author of “Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,” New York, NY.
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