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LatinNews Daily - 18 October 2021

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In brief: Mexico losing food self-sufficiency, lobby warns

* Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Agropecuario (CNA), the country’s main agricultural lobby, has warned that increasing dependence on imports is taking Mexico further away from food self-sufficiency. The CNA stated that imports account for over 20% of the total consumption of a wide range of products, including poultry, milk, pork, maize, wheat, and rice. The CNA highlighted increases in imports for a wide range of food staples from 2006-2020, with rice imports increasing from 70% to 83% of the domestic market over this period; wheat imports increasing from 55% to 65%; pork imports from 34% to 39%; and maize imports from 26% to 37%. Emphasising the importance of increasing domestic food production capacity, the CNA warned that these figures “starkly reflect our vulnerability, particularly when faced with challenges such as the reduced availability of natural resources such as [high quality] soil and water, climate change and its foreseeable impacts, and more generally, a future global food crisis.”