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Author Gálvez, Alyshia, author

Title Eating NAFTA : trade, food policies, and the destruction of Mexico / Alyshia Gálvez
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 270 pages)
Contents Introduction -- People of corn -- Laying the groundwork for NAFTA -- NAFTA : free trade in the body -- Deflecting the blame : poverty and personal responsibility -- Diabetes : the disease of the migrant? -- Nostalgia, prestige, and a party every day -- Conclusion : connecting the dots, and bright spots
Summary "Mexican cuisine has emerged as a paradox of globalization. Food enthusiasts throughout the world celebrate the humble taco at the same time that Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food. Today Mexico is experiencing an epidemic of diet-related chronic illness. The precipitous rise of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic disease--all attributed to changes in the Mexican diet--has resulted in a public health emergency. In her gripping new book, 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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 20, 2018)
Subject North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17)
Agriculture and state -- Mexico.
Food industry and trade -- Mexico.
Free trade -- Economic aspects -- Mexico.
Free trade -- Social aspects -- Mexico.
Nutritionally induced diseases -- Mexico.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018014744
ISBN 0520965442 (electronic book)
9780520965447 (electronic book)
(hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)