North Idaho College will host sustainable agriculture expert Eleazar Garcia, who will address the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Mexico and the United States at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in Molstead Library Todd Hall.
Garcia will speak on “Food Sovereignty and the Roots of Migration: Defending Corn and Culture in Oaxaca.” The presentation will cover the abandonment of traditional sustainable ways of life of small farmers as well as the boom in rural Mexican migration to the United States. Speaking from his experience, Garcia will not only share the negative impacts of this free-trade model, but will also present an alternative that is being carried out to preserve the land and to stem the tide of migrants leaving rural Mexico for the United States.
Garcia is a founding member of the Center for Integral Small Farmer Development in the Mixteca.
The presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Witness for Peace Pacific Northwest and the NIC Diversity Events Committee.
Information: (208) 769-3337.