Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico

About the Book

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, a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 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.

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More details for Book Talks below on

Monday October 1 Presentation

7:00 pm ET
New York University, Food Studies, CLACS
Moderators: Krishnendu Ray, Melissa Fuster Rivera

Tuesday October 16 Presentation

6:30 pm ET
Book Salon, CUNY Graduate Center
Moderator: Dana-Aín Davis, Interlocutors: Melissa Fuster Rivera, Alexandra Délano Alonso

October 23

Food Matters, Culture Week Presentation

4:30 PM
Villanova University

Friday November 9 Presentation

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Tuesday November 13 Presentation

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Wednesday November 14 Presentation

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

by Alyshia Gálvez