CAFTA's Impact on U.S. Ethanol Market

The U.S. ethanol industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Much of this growth in the Midwest has been financed and fueled by local investments, primarily from family farmers, who own collectively over half of the 84 ethanol plants. These plants provide risk mitigation and a preferred market for corn farmers, new jobs and income streams for rural communities.

CAFTA-NAFTA: Don't Be Fooled Again

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is modeled directly on NAFTA. The supporters of NAFTA's deregulation of national borders promised farmers they would "export their way to prosperity". After eleven years of NAFTA this line of thinking was exposed as a myth as farmers watched crop prices for major commodities decline, and now CAFTA would continue the same pattern.

Letter to the South American Ministers of Agriculture on CAFTA and U.S. Food Safety

This letter was sent in response to the U.S. demanding that the authorities in these countries recognize all USDA certified meat processing and slaughterhouse establishments as eligible to export to their countries and all U.S. meat hygiene and inspection measures as equivalent to what they already use. And this is in spite of the considerable and on-going food safety issues in the U.S.

Why We Say No to CAFTA

This report on the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was released by Bloque Popular Centroamericano, the Alliance for Responsible Trade and the Hemispheric Social Alliance. Through the collective effort of U.S. and Central American groups, this analysis sounds the warning that CAFTA would throw into chaos everything from agriculture to pharmaceutical drug prices.