Oaxaca, Mexican farmers screwed by NAFTA

After NAFTA was passed the corporate beasts from the US unloaded cheap corn into Mexico, some not fit for human consumption, and the Mexican farmers were driven out of business because they couldn’t compete. Some of them took out loans and went under; lost their land.
When some of the Genetically Modified corn was used as seed by the farmers, the pollen contaminated other farms, destroying corn strains that were over 10,000 years old.
They call this Genetic Drift. Once you let the genie out of the bottle, it won’t go back in.
Many young Oaxacans, driven from their lands, had to go work in sweat shops in Northern Mexico or in the fields, factories, warehouses, restaurants and hotels of the U.S.
Families that survived the invasion of the Aztec Empire are being destroyed.
The end results of this ecosystem rape has yet to be seen.

This news was taken from the Earth First! Journal. One can subscribe to them by sending a check made out to Earth First! to Earth First!, PO Box 3023, Tucson, AZ 85702.
They also have a website at http://www.earthfirstjournal.org

They are a wonderful magazine that prints the news that you won’t find anywhere else. Poetry also.

It’s only $25 a year and worth a hell of a lot more than that.


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