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NAFTA 2.0 Is an Assault on Food, Air, and Water

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) should be setting off alarm bells for every person in America. Just like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), this agreement eviscerates vital food, water, and air protections.

In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter said,

“Don’t let the Trump administration trick you. The USMCA is nothing more than a NAFTA 2.0 and it spells disaster for food safety, air and water quality, and climate change in America.

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“The proposed agreement doesn’t even mention – let alone do anything to stop – the worsening effects of our climate crisis. In fact, it actually encourages the construction of more harmful pipelines and dirty energy exports that would further expand fracking in the United States and Mexico.

“It also drastically undercuts food safety protections with rollbacks on country-of-origin labeling requirements. At the same time, it hits consumers with a double whammy by simultaneously forcing Mexico to allow chemical giants like Monsanto and Dow to hide vital data about pesticide usage.

“USMCA is not a trade deal, it is an attack on public health and the climate. Congress must reject USMCA or we’ll be looking at a future of irreversible environmental disaster and unsafe food, water, and air… with no end in sight.”

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