If the Administration is exercising their rights to support “innovation, nutrition security, sustainability, and the mutual success of our farmers and producers”, they must also advance social justice, food sovereignty and environmental protections for all partners instead of a race to the bottom for the producers and workers providing our food.
Mexico is not backing down on its push to revive its national corn industry. “We are committed to transitioning into an agri-food system that is fair, healthy, sustainable and competitive,” said deputy secretary for agriculture, Victor Suárez.
North America LVC organizations ask their respective legislatures to vote against USMCA in its current form to advance our ongoing struggle for food sovereignty.
As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have refused to open the talks to the public or to publish proposed negotiating texts. All signs point to negotiations designed to increase agribusiness exports and corporate control over the food system rather than to support fair and sustainable trade and farming systems.