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Why Florida Farmers Want to Kill NAFTA

As U.S. trade representatives sit down with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts to renegotiate NAFTA, fruit and vegetable farmers in the Southeast have emerged as a staunch component of the anti-free-trade movement. That’s put them at odds with much of the U.S. agriculture industry, which has long been one of the biggest advocates—and beneficiaries—of NAFTA. Since 1994, the year the agreement went into effect, exports of staple crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat have more than quadrupled.

 

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