Overturning Citizens United

NAFTA Portal

Since NAFTA negotiations began in 1990, IATP has been a leading voice in criticizing how the agreement has subverted local democracy and benefited corporate agribusiness over farmers, consumers, and communities in all three countries. 

As NAFTA re-negotiation commences, we have assembled over 25 years of our research and analysis into this portal to serve as a resource for the Fair Trade movement to inform current advocacy and activism for a new NAFTA that works for people and the planet.

We've organized the portal so that blogs are below and documents to the right. We're trying to curate this in a way where the most interesting content is near the top, but if you're looking for a specific NAFTA topic, use the search bar. 

This portal is a work in progress, as we continue to rediscover material. It is very possible, especially with older online documents, that not all links work, but we haven't been able to test the tens of thousands of them that exist in the collection. Also, many of the old documents only existed in print before now. We have put PDFs online, but have yet to convert them to searchable text.

We'll continue to make improvements, as well as adding the new material we are generating on NAFTA as it is released. If you have feedback about the content, or additional information/documentation that you think is relevant to this portal, please send an email to Patti Landres, plandres@iatp.org

 

 

NAFTA Portal Blog

Trump and Mexico back down on farmer protections in NAFTA

NAFTA is often touted as a big win for U.S. farmers, but it would be more accurate to say it has been a win for global agribusiness firms who trade across borders. A proposed and reportedly rejected seasonal anti-dumping provision wouldn’t have solved all the problems with NAFTA—but it would have been a significant step toward balancing a playing field that tilts overboard toward agribusiness and away from farmers.

Will the Farm Bill deliver for the climate?

The clock is ticking—for our farmers and for the planet. From wildfires to drought, climate-related extreme weather events are taking a toll on farmers and increasing in frequency and cost. Despite these risks, Congress has consistently placed its head firmly in the sand when it comes to addressing climate change in the Farm Bill.

Don't Look Behind the Curtain

In the wake of the G7 summit, the news was focused on President Trump’s astonishing demands to end all tariffs everywhere and to readmit Russia, as well as his insults of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Just days ago, most of the other countries’ leaders were focused on the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs and the waves of retaliatory tariffs that were underway. Now, suddenly, that focus has vanished, with attention shifting to the next outlandish statement.