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Trade, Food Policies
and the Destruction of Mexico


Alyshia Gálvez

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"... while Mexican cuisine is elevated and celebrated, the food system in Mexico today is structured so that Mexico’s ancestral foodways may not survive, except as a relic."

Gálvez, Alyshia. Eating NAFTA (p. 36). University of California Press. Kindle Edition

Save the Date
March 1. 2020

Join a community of readers who care about the good food of Mexico's culture and heritage, the health
and well-being of Mexican communities and a sustainable future of food.
This is a book club with a purpose! 

While we won’t claim it’s a ‘light’ read, we believe you’ll get caught up in the pages just as we have. It’s accessible, compelling, and it’s important. 

While we indulge in Mexico’s gastronomy, seek out authentic flavors of mezcal, milpa and the markets, the diverse cuisine from north to south and coast to coast, are we, at the same time, complicit in its destruction?

Alyshia Gálvez skilfully unravels complex issues that impact our friends, neighbours and our own communities in Mexico. Her research investigates and demystifies the effect that NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) continues to have on people you’ll ‘recognize’ in its pages: market vendors, tienda owners, farmers, migrant workers and their families. 

Register, read with us, and let’s talk about our impact.


How will it work?


On one date, March 1, 2020,  readers in all three NAFTA countries will gather  in local groups  to brainstorm, collaborate and talk about the issues raised in EATING NAFTA.  

Then, we’ll join all groups in videoconference with the book’s author, Alyshia Galvez.  Alyshia will lead our discussion, focusing on the practical ways we can be conscientious consumers and citizens whether we work in food, or as everyday eaters. 

Participants across the continent will see how issues in the book manifest in different communities and what changes we can and must make to have an impact – both inside and outside Mexico.

Register to participate

When you register, you’ll get access to the FYVReads Eating NAFTA Facebook Group.  Leading up to the March 1 discussion groups your reading will be supported by prompts provided by the author and related content. As discussion groups take shape, you’ll hear about it on the Facebook Group, first.

Connect with a group

On the registration form, you are asked to enter your location. This helps us to track where there’s interest for discussion groups,  and enables us to inform you as groups are organized in your area.  If you don’t see your city mentioned, please add it to the form, and consider leading a group in discussion of this important topic! 



Be a group facilitator/host

We need good leaders!

f your work is connected to food, especially as it relates to Mexico’s culture,  this is a valuable opportunity to have an impact and demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable, just, food system.  Offer your home or food space  to for  a group discussion on the afternoon of March 1, and lead that discussion if you feel inclined (or we’ll help you find a facilitator.

If you’re a food lover, or  passionate about responsible travel this is your opportunity to turn your passion into action.  Host in your home, invite participants to bring a snack that reflects what they learned in the book

Register by clicking on the button…  and mark the checkbox for more information on hosting/facilitating an Eating NAFTA discussion group on March 1

Praise for

Eating NAFTA

“At a time when Mexican food in the United States is more popular than ever, even as Mexicans face increased discrimination, a book like this is essential to show how we got here. Gripping, smart, and essential.
Gustavo Arellano
"Alyshia Gálvez has written a very important and timely book about the connectedness of international trade agreements, migration, diet-related diseases and the loss of biodiversity.
Joan Gross
Oregon state University

About the Book

Eating NAFTA

Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico

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In her gripping new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following NAFTA have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico – sustenance. Mexicans are faced with a food system that favors food security over subsistence agriculture, development over sustainability, market participation over social welfare, and ideologies of self-care over public health. Trade agreements negotiated to improve lives have sometimes failed, resulting in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.

click here for a review, with chapter-by-chapter outline of the book at FoodAnthro.com

About the Author

Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia Gálvez is a cultural and medical anthropologist and  professor of food studies and anthropology at The New School. She is the author of  Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico (UC Press, 2018) which investigates changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico, and in Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications. 

She is the author of two previous books on Mexican migration, Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care and the Birth Weight Paradox (Rutgers University Press, Oct. 2011, winner of the 2012 ALLA Book Award from the Association of Latino and Latin American Anthropologists) and Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants (NYU Press, Dec. 2009)

Learn more about the author

Get the book in Mexico

This lithograph by Mario Guzman (Oaxaca de Juarez) makes a powerful statement along the streets of Oaxaca City in Spring 2019. The image as popular art is a testament to the significance of maiz in Mexico. 

In Mexico, Eating NAFTA is most readily available in digital format (Kindle) on Amazon.com.mx . Print copies are not available through Amazon Mexico, however they may be shipped to Mexico from Amazon.com

You may also order directly through the publisher. If you decide to do that, consider putting together  a group order with other readers. PUBLISHER LINK

For group orders, we can organize a discount through the publisher – we recommend these be shipped to a US address. If you would like to order multiple print copies, CONTACT US using the below form.