A UN report on the “benefits” of green jobs exclaims that increased agricultural trade between the US and Mexico is bad because, “cheap corn from the US has hurt Mexican producers who grow maize on small and mid-sized plots in difficult environments using low levels of technology.”
So let me get this straight:
- The myriad consumers of cheap corn do not matter?
- We are concerned that free trade hurts Mexican farmers who, use land totally unsuitable to corn farming, and who incur large expenses to do it. Weren’t green jobs claims supposed to be supportive of environmental sustainability?
- If the focus of our attention is on the well being of Mexican producers, then how come these very same guys do not come out in favor of free trade in autos and electronics – these are produced by Mexican workers and firms, and more open trade between the US and Mexico would clearly help those producers?
I am sure they just got a little mixed up, that’s all. Except it was a huge UN report using many thousands of dollars to be produced, and having far more influence than some weasly little blog in Western, NY.