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Eating NAFTA

Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico

Alyshia Gálvez


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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 and diabetes—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 resulted in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.

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

“Compelling...If you want to understand what ‘free trade’ is really about—on the personal as well as the political level—this is the book to read.”
— Food Politics

"Compellingly argued.”
— Marion Nestle

University of California Press, 9780520291812, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

About the Author

Alyshia Gálvez is Professor of Food Studies and Anthropology at The New School. She is the author of Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants and Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-weight Paradox.