WED (not THURS) 12/19: Protest NAFTA Final Chapter @ Mex Consulate

From: Sowmya
Sent on: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:53 AM
Note to Environmentalists: Studies by World Wildlife Fund and Oxfam have
shown that farm loss under NAFTA has contributed to a dramatic upsurge in
deforestation.

PROTEST!
THE INVASION OF ULTRASUBSIDIZED GMO CORN FROM THE U.S. IS IMMINENT!

Wednesday. December 19
10:30 AM-Noon

Mexican Consulate
27 East 39th (between Madison  & Park)

NAFTA?S LAST CHAPTER GOES INTO EFFECT ON
01.01.08.  Mexico to Achieve 100% Agricultural Liberalization

ADDITIONAL INFO: HTTP://tortillawarfa­re.com


Background:

The day corn dies

On January 1st, 2008, Mexico will see its corn and bean markets completely
liberalized as the last chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement
is implemented in the country. The now moribund Mexican agriculture
started to decay 20 years ago, due to the Mexican governments criminal
carelessness and the liberal policies they have pursued. Nevertheless,
January 1, 2008 marks the state's official embrace and commercial
encouragement of the invasion of American corn: the coup de gr?ce to its
millenarian heritage .

    * Heritage- Corn was developed in Mexico 10,000 years ago. It is part
of the country's identity. The soil where corn was conceived will be
infected with seeds developed by American multinationals.
    * Food dependence-Corn is the base of the Mexican nutrition. It is in
everything Mexicans eat. With no protection for its grain, the country
will become addicted to foreign cheap corn.
    * Immigration- Three million corn farmers won't be able to compete
with tariff-free, ultra-subsidized corn from the US. As most of them
and their families face starvation, the unemployed farmers will have
no choice but to cross the wild northern border and leave their
families behind in search of more opportunities.
    * GMO farming- Approximately 60% of the current 6 million tons of
imported corn from the US are believed to be GMO.
    * Diversity threat- GMO farming threatens the 50 different corn
species in the Mexican land.
    * Price instability- During the beginning of 2007, Mexico experienced
a 50% price increase in tortillas, the most eaten staple in the
country. Speculation and the increasing US demand for ethanol were the
drivers of this hike. Solely depending on US corn is highly risky for
the price stability of the staple of the poor.


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