U.S. Agriculture and the North American Free Trade Agreement

 
 

Task Force Chair

G. Edward Schuh

Task Force Reviewers

Fred Bliss
H. David Hurt
A. Bruce Maunder
C. Ford Runge

Task Force Members

Daniel Cantliffe
Keith Gregory
Dennis Heldman
D. Gale Johnson
Timothy Josling
Robert Kudrle
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The members of a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology task force believe many of the fears of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not well founded. There generally would be a gain to U.S. producers of grain, oilseeds, livestock, and possibly dairy, and losses for producers who compete with Mexican fruits and vegetables. Chair: G. Edward Schuh, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. CC1993-1, July 1993, 41 pp., $10.00.
 

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U.S. Agriculture and the North American Free Trade Agreement

Chair: G. Edward Schuh, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. CC1993-1, July 1993, 41 pp., $10.00. Shipping: In the U.S. and Canada, add $3.00; other countries, add $4.00. For multiple copies, see the publications catalog.

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Table of Contents

Summary
  • Introduction
  • Setting
  • General Issues in International Trade
  • Agricultural Trade on the North American Continent
  • Agriculture in the NAFTA Agreement
    • Background
    • General Trade Provisions
    • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Regulations
    • Environmental Provisions
  • Projected NAFTA Effects on U.S. Agriculture
    • Background
    • Economy-Wide Impacts of Trade Liberalization
    • Agricultural Sector Impacts
    • Commodity-Specific Studies
    • Food Processing
    • Regional Effects
    • Some Final Thoughts on Expected Effects
  • Special Issues
    • A Different Cuban Government
    • Failure of the GATT Negotiations
    • Immigration Flows
    • Dealing with the Adjustment Problem
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • The Rest of Latin America?
    • Side Agreements
  • Concluding Comments
Introduction

1 The Setting

2 General Issues in International Trade

  • The Meaning of the Fast Track Provision
  • The Politics of Trade Liberalization
  • The Growing Scope for International Trade
  • Increased Trade as an Engine of Economic Growth
  • Increases in Per Capita Income as the Basis for Expansion of Markets
  • The Competitiveness Issue
  • Protectionism Engenders More Protectionism
3 Agricultural Trade on the North American Continent
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Canada
4 Agriculture in the NAFTA Agreement
  • Background
  • General Trade Provisions
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Regulations
  • Environmental Provisions
5 Projected NAFTA Effects on U.S. Agriculture
  • Background
  • Economy-Wide Impacts of Trade Liberalization
  • Agricultural Sector Impacts
  • Commodity-Specific Studies
  • Food Processing
  • Regional Effects
  • Some Final Thoughts on Expected Effects
6 Special Issues
  • A Different Cuban Government
  • Failure of the GATT Negotiations
  • Immigration Flows
  • Dealing with the Adjustment Problem
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • The Rest of Latin America?
  • Side Agreements
7 Concluding Comments

Literature Cited

Index



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