This week during the 30th annual meeting of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord, state delegates from the U.S. and Mexico discussed concerns regarding recent decisions by Mexico’s federal government to impose arbitrary prohibitions on agricultural biotechnology and certain pesticides. Delegates reaffirmed their commitment that the regulation, import and use of these critical tools be based on science and established a work group to promote this goal.
“When we base our assessment of agricultural tools and technology on the highest quality science, we can ensure the viability of farms and ensure farmers and workers’ safety remains uncompromised,” NASDA President, New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard A. Ball said. “The U.S. and Mexican food supply chain is intricately connected as we are each other’s largest trading partners. We must work hand-in-hand to encourage the free flow of food across our borders and the continued development of technology that supports global climate resiliency.”
About the Tri-National Agricultural Accord
The Tri-National Agricultural Accord is the primary opportunity for senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The Accord meets annually to provide a forum for ongoing collaboration between states and provinces and respective federal governments through bi-lateral groups commonly referred to as Consultative Committees on Agriculture (CCAs). The Accord represents a longstanding commitment to collaboration on trade between the three countries, and the current meeting arrangement dates back to 1992.
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit www.nasda.org.