Mexican Farm Subsidies Going to Families of Drug Traffickers, Government Officials

March 8, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ Subsidies established during NAFTA negotiations to help small Mexican farmers compete with their neighbors to the north are being doled out to the families of drug traffickers and senior government officials, the Los Angeles Times reports.

This corruption has both driven subsistence farmers out of operation and encouraged the planting of illegal crops, such as marijuana and opium poppy.

Of the $1.3 billion in subsidies given to 2.7 million Mexican farmers, as much as 80% of the money went to 20% of the farmers. Most telling may be the fact that Mexico has gone from a country that fed itself to an importer of food.

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