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Eating NAFTATrade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico$
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Alyshia Gálvez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291805

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291805.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Eating NAFTA

Alyshia Gálvez

University of California Press

In this chapter, the main arguments of the book are outlined, including a rationale for a focus on diet-related illness and obesity as pernicious consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a discussion of methods, and an outline of the text. The book is framed, as an analysis of the paradoxical rise in global popularity of Mexican food at the same time that ancestral milpa-based cuisine has fallen further from the reach of the average Mexican citizen. The rise in obesity and noncommunicable diseases as a consequence of Mexico’s reorientation of its economy away from small-scale agriculture and toward a food security model based on foreign direct investment is outlined.

Keywords:   Chronic disease, Mexican cuisine, NAFTA, Free trade, diabetes

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