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Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico

Alyshia Gálvez


In the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, Mexico has seen an epidemic of diet-related illness. While globalization has been associated with an increase in chronic disease around the world, in Mexico, the speed and scope of the rise has been called a public health emergency. The shift in Mexican foodways is happening at a moment when the country’s ancestral cuisine is now more popular and appreciated around the world than ever. What does it mean for their health and well-being when many Mexicans eat fewer tortillas and more instant noodles, while ... More

Keywords: Chronic disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Anti-poverty policy, Global trade, Public health, Elite food trends, NAFTA. North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico, Mexican migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520291805
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alyshia Gálvez, author
Lehman College, City University of New York