Trade has been a huge topic in the U.S. over the last couple of years. Trade also has a huge impact on U.S. agriculture. But how do trade agreements impact the everyday lives of citizens on both sides of the agreement?
February’s AgBookClub pick, Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico* by Alyshia Galvez documents how changes in policy following NAFTA (editor’s note: no longer in place) affected the food and agricultural systems in Mexico, one of the three countries who participated in NAFTA. As you read, keep in mind that the trade agreement landscape has changed significantly since this book was published but still presents a different perspective of agricultural trade.
Here’s what you need to do this month:
Get the book. Buy it, borrow it, download and listen to it, read it over your neighbor’s shoulder — we don’t care. But don’t steal the book.
Read the book.
- Week 1: Chapters 1 – 2 [pages 1 – 62] (Twitter chat on 2/5)
- Week 2: Chapters 3 – 4 [pages 63 – 116] (Twitter chat on 2/12)
- Week 3: Chapters 5 – 6 [pages 117 – 172] (Twitter chat on 2/19)
- Week 4: Chapters 7 – 8 [pages 173 – 202] (Twitter chat on 2/26)
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