Trump’s Protectionism is Our Gain
by Dr. Vanessa Neumann
As President Trump’s first week in office unfolded, Asymmetrica has been blasted with phone calls and emails from our Latin American friends. They are worried not just about entering the US, but trading with it: Pres. Trump’s talk of imposing tariffs on imports from Mexico (in contravention of NAFTA) and a protectionist policy of ‘America First’ read as hostile to Latin Americans.
Food producers in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia have asked us whether we have friends in the UK, EU and Asia who might be new buyers for their products.
Our answer? Absolutely!
We already have end consumers in Europe and Asia who want a steady supply of competitively priced products straight from reputable Latin American farmers.
Our range of products includes:
- Flour, from white and yellow corn and from yucca
- Coffee, from single estates in both Brazil and Colombia
- Cocoa, including the highly-coveted Venezuelan variety
- Fruits and vegetables of a wide gamut
Some of our producers are kosher and organic, too.
Helping Latin American farmers is near to our hearts. Rural poverty has been a main driver of violence in Latin America by groups such as the FARC, ELN, AUC, Shining Path and others. In the US we talk about how important it is to develop solid markets for alternative crops that are not narcotics, which fund terrorists and insurgents. In Colombia, I lived it first hand. In 2009 and 2010 I was on the ground working on the reintegration of narcoterrorist and paramilitary fighters struggling to become productive members of society — and successful farmers.
So when you buy these products through us, you will be not only buy better quality for better health, you will help create a more peaceful and prosperous region.
At Asymmetrica, we don’t just talk about development, we practice it.
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Photo is of Dr. Neumann picking coffee beans in Colombia in 2009, alongside FARC and paramilitary fighters in the reintegration program.
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