We’ve been hearing a lot about Mexico, immigration, and trade policies in the news recently. At the same time, there seems to be a boom in the appreciation for Mexican cuisine with celebrity chefs and upscale restaurants praising the art of traditional Mexican peasant foods like the humble tortilla. But for a lot of Mexicans, tortillas and other traditional foods have actually been replaced by processed foods, leading to a national health crisis. For author Alyshia Gálvez, this paradox is not a coincidence. It’s the logical outcome of policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA.
Kicking off our 2019 season of the Real Food Reads bookclub and podcast, I spoke with Gálvez about her new book Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico.
Tanya: One of the threads in your book that I found fascinating is something we talk about a lot at Real Food Media, which is the power of stories: who has the power to shape the dominant narrative about things that affect our everyday lives.