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The GATTysburg Address

The GATTysburg Address

was not being negotiated in the FTA, it was eventually included, and is the longest chapter. Tariffs on imports of wheat were removed, allowing for cheaper, lower quality wheat from the US to enter the Canadian market, driving small producers out of business. Standards for pesticides were to be 'harmonised', which meant the watering-down of Canada's higher health standards for agricultural produce. With the FTA having resulted in Canadian farmers. facing rock-bottom prices for wheat and fruits, there is also concern that the NAFTA will drive Canada's fruit and vegetable farmers out of business, due to Mexico's climatic and wage advantage over Canada. Canada's harsh climate results in a shorter growing season for grains, fruits and vegetables. Orchard believes that Canada's self-sufficiency in food is threatened by these agreements.

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