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Christmas, Inc: Thanks to NAFTA, US-Subsidized Trees Flood Mexico

Farmers and politicians protest invasion of taller foreign trees

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US and Canadian Christmas trees have flooded into Mexico in recent years, along with increased North American trade in everything from avocados to artisan liquor. Some Mexican farmers and politicians complain they are fighting unfair competition from the wealthy subsidized US plantations. (File)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — In a crowded market in this seething mountain capital, Christmas shoppers elbowed and tussled past each other to a busy stall selling festive trees.

On the left were trees that were smaller, greener, softer, and grown in forests close to the city.

On the right were drier, taller and sharper trees, which had been imported from the United States and Canada.

US and Canadian Christmas trees have flooded into Mexico in recent years, along with increased North American trade in everything from avocados to artisan liquor...[But] not everyone sees the southward flow of pines as a welcome present.

Some Mexican farmers and politicians complain they are fighting unfair competition from the wealthy subsidized US plantations.

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