Keeping it Fresh: NAFTA and the Effect on Produce
The National American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a signed agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States allowing a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into effect on January 1, 1994, and since then, NAFTA has had a major impact on the North America economy. The regional trade had a sustainable increase during the first two decades of the treaty, resulting in a gross of $290 billion in 1993 to $1.1 trillion in 2016. The goal of NAFTA was to cut charges and fees on products being traded within North America so that all three countries could grow as a whole. NAFTA would allow North America to import and export goods for cheaper prices. It also had a positive impact on the rights of workers, making sure there is an incorporation of labor and environmental provisions for the U.S.