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Episode 123: Eating NAFTA, with Alyshia Gálvez

September 14th, 2018  •  47 mins 54 secs  •  Download (32.9 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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My guest is Alyshia Gálvez. In her gripping new book, "Eating NAFTA: Trade Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico", Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following NAFTA have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico – sustenance. Mexicans are faced with a food system that favors food security over subsistence agriculture, development over sustainability, market participation over social welfare, and ideologies of self-care over public health. Trade agreements negotiated to improve lives have sometimes failed, resulting in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.