Can growing organic corn be a viable option for Mexican farmers suffering from dumping by the US?



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    Organic agriculture and conventional ag don’t fill the same market niche so I’m not sure how imports of cheap conventionally grown corn from the US would be a problem for mexican farmers producing organic food.

    It seems like the biggest variable that would determine whether organic corn farming in Mexico can be viable is whether there are enough mexican consumers who are willing (and can afford) to pay the price premium for organic corn. If that market exists, mexican farmers should be able to make a profit growing organic corn even if the price of conventional corn drops. If the market doesn’t exist, people will always opt for cheaper corn whether locally grown or imported from the US.

    But what do other people think?

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    I think jamesandgiantcorn makes a good point about organic farmers in Mexico needing a local organic market to develop to make the production of organic corn a really viable option. However, I would also think that some conventional Mexican corn farmers who are being undersold by American corn might be able to find a more profitable use of their land with organic farming. Although buying organic corn from Mexico undermines some of the environmental benefits due to the transportation issues, right or wrong, American consumers might still prefer organic Mexican crops to non-organic Mexican crops.

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      I hadn’t thought of mexican farmers selling to people in the US. It’s possible they could produce organic food at a lower cost than US farmers, since organic farmers don’t benefit from as much government support and the cost of labor (and cost of living) are lower there. Consumers in the US pay a little less for organic food and some mexican farmers make more money to support their families.

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