Mexico farm subsidies are going astray - Los Angeles Times
"....Under the program, known as Procampo, an estimated $1.3 billion was given last year to 2.7 million farmers. The allotment is about $74 to $100 per 2.5 acres. But, according to several academic studies, as much as 80% of the money went to just 20% of the registered farmers.
Among the most eyebrow-raising recipients were three siblings of billionaire drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, and the brother of Guzman's onetime partner, Arturo Beltran Leyva. Guzman has been a fugitive since escaping from a prison in 2001, more or less the year his family began receiving thousands of dollars in farm subsidies to grow, ostensibly, corn, sorghum and sesame....read"
Speaking of subsidies and how they ruin small farmers and make a country that could once feed itself, dependent on the subsidized imported corn from the US....
NAFTA AND U.S. CORN SUBSIDIES: EXPLAINING THE DISPLACEMENT OF MEXICO’S CORN FARMERS | PROSPECT
"...American corn subsidies, which led to the flooding of Mexican markets with American corn following the signing of NAFTA, is the primary factor responsible for the post-1994 internal displacement of rural farmers in Mexico. The trade agreement effectively eliminated all trade barriers and placed Mexico’s domestically produced corn in direct competition with highly subsidized corn imported from the United States. Consequently, Mexican corn farmers, who comprise the majority of the country’s agricultural sector, experienced drastic declines in the domestic price of their product and thus faced increasing difficulties to attain a sustainable living. Hence, we observe high levels of migration into Mexico’s cities in the latter half of the 1990’s, and the beginning of the 21st century, as these displaced farmers abandoned their previous livelihood in search of employment....read
Is NAFTA Good For Mexico's Farmers? - CBS Evening News - CBS News
"(CBS) In the heart of Mexico's breadbasket — where plowing the land is still done the old fashioned way — farmers like Tirso Alvares Correa worry about their corn crops, reports CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston. Corn from abroad is taking a toll on us, he says. We can't sell our corn anymore. Where are those products coming from? Up North.
The United States and Canada have been selling tons of corn in Mexico for over a decade, thanks to NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement. It eliminated tariffs on most agricultural trade and was supposed to be a win-win for the United States and Mexico. For Alvares Correa, NAFTA has been a disaster. While the trade agreement opened up U.S. markets to Mexican corn farmers, they haven't been able to sell any corn in America.
Meanwhile, American farmers have flooded Mexico with cheap corn thanks to generous U.S. government subsidies — subsidies left unchecked by NAFTA. A U.S. corn grower receives an average annual subsidy of $20,000 a year. The Mexican government gives their farmers just $100.....read
Mexican Farmers Hammered by NAFTA
Mexican farmers protest NAFTA - CNN
Mexican Farmers See Death Sentence in NAFTA
Haven't you people ever bothered to ask yourself why so many Mexicans would want to risk their lives to cross the US border just to clean your ****ing toilets????