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The Chicken TrailFollowing Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas$
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Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451164

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451164.001.0001

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Squeezing Out Mexican Chicken

Squeezing Out Mexican Chicken

(p.100) 6 Squeezing Out Mexican Chicken
The Chicken Trail

Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the “chicken trail” of exports to Mexico and the effects of trade. In particular, it discusses the impact and the reactions that open commodity and capital markets have had on Mexican poultry industry and rural subsistence. It also considers how prices link imports, especially poultry imports, to changes in production. Finally, it explores the extent to which globalization, in the form of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), transformed, ruined, or reconfigured poultry production in Mexico. It argues that free trade, prices, and markets acted as major conveyor belts that transformed poultry production from a stratified system into basically a single, modernized, capital-intensive one.

Keywords:   exports, Mexico, poultry industry, rural subsistence, prices, imports, globalization, North American Free Trade Agreement, free trade, markets

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