Conflict & Justice

US-Mexico Trade Concerns Over Tomato Imports

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The US Commerce Department is considering pulling a plug on a 16-year-old trade agreement regulating Mexican tomato imports. (Photo: Jack Gavigan/Wikipedia)

Mexican tomato growers say they want to avoid a trade war with the US. That is why they are offering to raise their minimum prices for export to the US.

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The US Commerce Department is considering pulling the plug on a 16-year-old trade agreement regulating Mexican tomato imports. American tomato growers in Florida complain they can't compete with cheaper imports under the trade pact.

All of this could have a big impact on consumers.

According to the USDA, one in three tomatoes consumed in the US is imported, mostly from Mexico.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to Martin Ley, who represents a consortium of Mexican tomato growers and is a grower himself.

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