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Beyond the Fence A Journey to the Roots of the Migration Crisis

ISBN-10: 0935028331
ISBN-13: 9780935028331
Edition: 2009
Authors: Dori Stone
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Description: While the immigration debate in the U.S. has focused narrowly on political and physical barriers, on legalization versus deportation, on border security and enforcement, this book takes us beyond the fence and past that polarized debate, to examine  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Institute for Food & Development Policy/Food First Books
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

While the immigration debate in the U.S. has focused narrowly on political and physical barriers, on legalization versus deportation, on border security and enforcement, this book takes us beyond the fence and past that polarized debate, to examine the underlying forces driving immigration and the promising grassroots solutions already underway. Book jacket.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Food First Reality Tour Participants
Borderlands
Destinations
The Border Farmworkers' Center in El Paso, Texas, a homeless shelter and resource center for migrant farmworkers
Colonia settlements along the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a conversation with children across the border fence
Cervantes Inc., a large chile pepper operation in New Mexico, which employs migrant workers in its fields on both sides of the border
La Mujer Obrera, an El Paso grassroots community development organization through which unemployed former factory workers are revitalizing a neighborhood and creating new economic opportunities for themselves
Background Boxes
Conditions for U.S. Farmworkers
The U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
NAFTA and the U.S.-Mexico Border
Maquiladoras
Chihuahua
Destinations
Meeting with farmers' organization El Frente Democr�tico Campesino and Chihuahua state representative Victor Quintana to learn about the history of migration from this agricultural region
Meeting with farmers in the small town of Santa Isabel, Chihuahua, to hear their experiences and perspectives on migration
Visit to El Ranchero Solidario, a rural farmer-owned cooperative grocery store that is creating new market opportunities and providing an alternative to migration
Visit to a nearby ejido to speak with local farmers and returned migrants about their struggle to start productive projects and make a living in agriculture at home
Background Boxes
Origins of the Green Revolution in Mexico
Biofuels in Mexico
Agricultural Guest-Worker Programs
Government Support for Agriculture in Mexico
Direct Marketing in Agriculture
Effects of Synthetic Fertilizers on Soil
Mexico City
Destinations
Regional forum of La V�a Campesina, the International Peasant Movement
Meeting with Diputada Susana Monreal Avila, member of the Mexican Congress, to discuss NAFTA and migration
Background Boxes
La V�a Campesina: The International Peasant Movement
The U.S. Farm Bill
NAFTA: Effects on Agriculture
Tlaxcala
Destinations
Campesino a Campesino training center in the village of Vicente Guerrero, and local fields where sustainable agriculture practices are being implemented to increase soil fertility and crop yields
Background Boxes
The Green Revolution and Peasant Agriculture
Direct Marketing by Small Farmers in Central and Southern Mexico
Oaxaca
Destinations
Itanon�, an urban restaurant working to preserve traditional maize varieties by purchasing them from regional indigenous farmers
Meeting with activist Aldo Gonz�les of the Union of Organizations of the Sierra Ju�rez Mountains of Oaxaca (UNOSJO) about the struggle to protect local natural resources from extraction by outside corporations, and the connection between environmental issues and migration
Meeting with leaders of the Center for Integral Small Farmer Development of the Mixteca (CEDICAM) about the connections between soil erosion, sustainable agriculture, and migration
Village of Saragoza, to learn from community members about their efforts to resist migration through sustainable agriculture and environmental restoration
Background Boxes
Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico
Epilogue
Update on Mexico-U.S. migration, the Farm Bill, NAFTA, and immigration policy
Overview of the Global Food Crisis and Mexican Tortilla Crisis
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development
Personal reflection on the issues and alternatives presented in this book, and how they are connected to our own lives
Appendix: Guide to Action
Endnotes
References for Background Boxes
About the Author
About Food First

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