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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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Voice: Squawking At Globalization

Voice: Squawking At Globalization

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The Chicken Trail

Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the impact of globalization, in the form of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), on Mexico's commercial poultry industry. It begins by analyzing the timing of poultry imports from the United States and goes on to discuss the anticipated harmful effects of NAFTA. It then traces the evolution and transformation of the commercial sector in order to present a baseline of pre-NAFTA commercial production. It also considers the efforts of large producers, led by Union Nacional de Avicultures (UNA), to fight the market opening mandated by NAFTA, fearing that trade liberalization would injure their industry. The chapter attributes some of the changes in Mexican commercial poultry production to natural industry maturation, but argues that the industry suffered from exogenous pressures on commodity prices and shifts in state–civil society relations.

Keywords:   globalization, North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico, poultry industry, imports, United States, Union Nacional de Avicultures, trade liberalization, commodity prices, state–civil society relations

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