A Minnesota-based think tank feels the new USMCA trade deal is a missed opportunity, especially for small-scale dairy farmers.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy is pushing back against the new trade agreement between Canada, U.S and Mexico.
Ben Lilliston feels NAFTA’s replacement may actually be a step backwards in the fight against climate change.
“These are the kinds of sectors that have been at the table and really pushing these trade deals, and to see that sort of mistake repeated here, when we have an opportunity to fix a lot of the problems in the original NAFTA, is very disappointing.”
The Institute also sees the opening of Canada’s dairy market doing little to help small scale farmers in the U.S.
Lilliston adds it took 25 years to open NAFTA, but officials have missed a real opportunity to deal with climate change.
“We don’t have another 25 years to wait, to re-think about how our various policies and economy impacts climate change. We need to start acting now, and this trade agreement just repeats past mistakes.