Imported food from US causing obesity in Mexico
Mexico’s exposure to the United States’ (US) unhealthy food imports, as bolstered by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is weighing on Mexicans’ health.
A study by Lorenzo Rotunno, assistant professor on economics at Aix-Marseille University in France, found a direct relationship between the worsening obesity in Mexico and the increasing entry of foods such as corn, soybean, pork and dairy products imported from the US under their trade accord, which was opened in 1994.
In contrast, the US is benefitting healthily with fresh healthy fruits from Mexico. In 2016, Mexico shipped $10.5 billion of fruit and vegetables to the US.
President Donald Trump had described NAFTA as the “the worst trade deal in history”and expressed intent to withdraw from it if it weren’t for America’s farmers who are relying on Mexico’s market for the exportation of their produce.
The U.S. is now pushing to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA so as to boost agricultural exports to Mexico, among other amendments.