Since becoming law in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had mixed results. Meant to boost the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico, some U.S. industries have thrived while others, like farming, have suffered. Her in South Florida, vegetable growers are struggling to make a profit – forced to compete with cheaper, Mexican imports that are flooding the U.S. market. As a result, south Dade, which once boasted 30 tomato farms now have four in operation.
As the renegotiation of NAFTA continues, we hear from worried Dade farmers in a profile produced by the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) series Market to Market. Plus, we speak with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and the Dade Farm Bureau’s Executive Director Jorge Abreu to learn more about the impact of NAFTA, and how consumers can help.
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 8
Jorge Abreu, Executive Director, Dade County Farm Bureau