Category Archives: Politics

Gloomy election outlook for Mexico

Approximately three months remain before Mexicans go to the polls to elect a new president, and we are getting the impression that pundits and regular Josés alike are starting to get used to the idea that Andrés Manuel López Obrador might actually be elected this time.  We ourselves are laboring to come to grips with this potential outcome, in a process not unlike the seven stages of grief, although we’re still mostly stuck at stage four, depression.  We’re still struggling to accept that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, and now on top of that the prospect of our own populist nationalist zealot taking over…maybe this helps explain why mezcal sales are skyrocketing. Continue reading Gloomy election outlook for Mexico

Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, Canada and the United States continues to trudge on, with the fate of the agreement hanging in the balance.  The U.S. government initiated the renegotiation at the behest of President Donald Trump, who has reiterated his willingness to abandon the pact on multiple occasions.  But it appears that Mr. Trump is working himself into something of a political pickle, since if he actually made good on this threats and pulled the United States out of NAFTA, it could cause serious consequences for some bedrock sectors of his own party in the run-up to mid-term Congressional elections in the U.S. this year.  This has not been lost on midwestern grain farmers, most of whom – we’re just going to go out on a limb and take a guess here – probably voted for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  Grain exports are very important to midwestern grain farmers in states such as Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, for which Mexico ranks as either number one or number two export market for overall exports.  Not all grain exports are used to produce animal feed, but lately we’ve been languidly gazing at statistics on livestock feed production to allay our vespertine torpor, and it looks to us like they paint a pretty clear picture about the impact of public policy on industry. Continue reading Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

Mexico faces uncertainty in 2018

We’ll try to make this brief since *cough* we have a date with the holiday punch bowl and we presume most of our assiduous readers are already there.  Once again to our astonishment we find ourselves at the last working day of the year, feeling like we were just here a minute ago in 2016.  But a lot has happened over the past year that is having a big impact on Mexico, North America and the rest of the world, so we’ll just throw out a few thoughts on the topic before we grab the Riunite out of the coffee nook fridge and head out to the house parties. Continue reading Mexico faces uncertainty in 2018