Mexico turns to Muslim consumers, in post-Trump beef trade pivot


by William Clarke, Agrimoney

17th Mar 2017


Mexico's cattle industry faces a struggle to disentangle its "symbiotic" relationship with its northern neighbour, as the country seeks to diversify both its import and export channels.


On Thursday, Mexico's Agricultural Secretary Jose Calzada announced a plan to seek alternative export relationships to the US, urging Mexican farmers need to emerge from their "comfort zone".


This year will see the launch of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Mexico, Canada, and the United States.


US President Donald Trump ran in part on a platform of renegotiating this deal, and potentially pulling out of it if compromises cannot be made.


A breakdown of trade relations between the US and Mexico would be a particular threat to the country's entwined beef industries.


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