NAFTA and Farm Subsidies: A Recipe for Poor Regional Security
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA and U.S. farm subsidies are a recipe for Mexican agribusiness failure. Removing farm subsidies from the equation could cause short-term failure of agribusinesses in the United States, but in the long run it would allow for the success of those farms that are truly competitive and not reliant on government grants. To the Combatant Commander, it would mean long-term stability for Mexico and increased security for the region. By linking Mexicos agriculture to regional security, linking U.S. Farm subsidies to the Mexican economy, and then providing a breakdown on domestic farm subsidies, this paper will give insight as to how farm subsidy policies impact Mexico and, ultimately, our national security. One of the most valid counterpoints addressed is that of U.S. politicians requirements to support subsidies to maintain their seats in Congress. Finally, the paper presents conclusions and recommendations that favor reduction and even the elimination of farm subsidy policies.
- Agricultural Economics
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science