Zapata's Revenge: Free Trade and the Farm Crisis in Mexico

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to acknowledge my appreciation of the hospitality and the help offered to me by the many campesinos, rural promoters, researchers, and analysts with whom I consulted during my trips to Mexico. Special thanks go to Luis Hernández and the staff of CECCAM in Mexico City.

The book is a product of the dedicated cooperation of the staff of the Interhemispheric Resource Center. Harry Browne, Erik Leaver, and Steve Whitman contributed excellent research support throughout this long project. I also counted on research assistance by interns Hugh Bartling, Debbie Swander, and Cristina Wagner. Beth Sims edited the first draft of the manuscript. As always, the administrative direction and emotional support of Debra Preusch, the center's executive director, was greatly appreciated and critical to the book's completion.

I am grateful to Kirsten Appendini, David Barkin, Jonathan Fox, Neil Harvey, and Michael Kearney for reading and commenting on parts of the manuscript. I am especially indebted to Michael Foley and David Myhre for reading the entire manuscript, to Jonathan Fox for his support and guidance in this project, and to all three for giving me the benefit of their extensive knowledge about the Mexican campo and agricultural affairs.

Financial support for the center's ongoing U.S.-Mexico food and farm project came from the Presbyterian Hunger Fund, Sisters of St. Francis, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The J.D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provided essential support for analysis of U.S.-Mexico relations, and the Ford Foundation provided financial support for the center's focus on U.S.-Mexico rural development issues.

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  • Zapata's Revenge - Free Trade and the Farm Crisis in Mexico *
  • Contents *
  • Tables *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Introduction Zapata Lives 1
  • One Reform, Revolution, and Counterreform 11
  • Two Populists and Technocrats 35
  • Three the International Context 53
  • Four Nafta Pushes Agricultural Integration Forward 65
  • Five the Export Solution 75
  • Six Feeding Mexico 93
  • Seven the End of Agrarian Reform 117
  • Eight the People of the Land 129
  • Nine a Call to Arms 153
  • Ten on the Edge: Indians, Women, and Migrants 173
  • Eleven Sustaining Agriculture 199
  • Conclusion Lessons and Options 229
  • Notes 255
  • Glossary of Terms and Names 291
  • Appendix I U.S. Agribusiness in Mexico 293
  • Appendix 2: Nafta's Trade Effects on Selected Ag Products *
  • Selected Bibliography 297
  • Index 301
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