Corn from one of Iowa’s many corn fields.
The past 25 years of NAFTA, or the North American Free Trade Agreement, have been a disaster for working people, farmers, eaters—basically all of us, except a few multinational corporations. Trump campaigned on a promise to fix NAFTA, and, in the fall of 2018, delivered a “New NAFTA,” dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Crafted behind closed doors with corporate lobbyists, that deal was roundly criticized, especially for the giveaways to Big Pharma companies and the lack of labor and environmental protections. Now, after over a year of campaigning and hard work by labor and environmental groups (as well as corporate lobbyists), there is a newly released version of the deal.
As the dust settles and the deal rushes to a vote in the House, it’s a scramble to find out what is in the text of NAFTA 2.0 and what its consequences could be.