US chile pepper industry under assault from foreign imports

Hawkes, Logan
March 2012
Western Farm Press Exclusive Insight;3/15/2012, p2
The article discusses the decline in chili acres in New Mexico which is traced back to the early days of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It notes that foreign imports account for around 80% of chile consumed domestically while young farmers are leaving chile for more profitable crops. The decline is also caused by the unwillingness of farmers to farm on chile based on speculation. It cites the insatiable appetite for chili peppers that works in favor of local chile production.


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