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For this week we had to investigate other topics and i choose to find out more about food and what effects international trade had on food. Food is a thing that the U.S imports lots of and most of this food comes from Mexico. The fact that Trump wants to end NAFTA puts a lot of Mexican farmers at risk of loosing their jobs. Many jobs are created because of Mexico is able to be an important exporter with food. Ending NAFTA end the free trade agreement and that would make the food prices for Americans rise. Without free trade it will cost both the importer and the exporter more. Also labor in the U.S. will cost more then labor in other countries such as Mexico.
One of the most affected import companies will be the one closest to thhe order as mentioned on the video.

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I decide to investigate more about how global trade impacts clothing industries. From this video, I learned that there are over 40 million people that work in the garment industry, which is one of the lowest paying jobs in the world. This video describes the huge impact fair trade can do for the workers in this industry. First off, fair trade helps worker have safer working conditions, higher pay, reasonable working hours and health/other benefits. Countries and clothing industries that don’t incorporate fair trade normally have very poor working conditions and low wages. To illustrate, the video shows a collapsing garment building and a multitude of injured workers. Not only, these workers get exposed to toxic chemicals that can cause many health issues later on in life. Secondly, fair trade has specific requirements such as, no child labor, good wages, worker benefits, environmental impact, health and safety. Lastly, I learned how fair trade works in the garment industry. Clothing industries/brands set aside a certain amount of money that includes the cost of goods used and transfer it into the worker’s bank accounts. The workers have the options to decide whether they want the money to go towards. For instance, they could use it for a raise in pay or to build a new school for their children. I believe it is very important for us to realize the impact fair trade can have in other countries.

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I chose to investigate the clothing topic because we wear it everyday. it seemed like an interesting topic to further my understanding. There are a number of things that retailers don't inform their customers on like the global impact of making clothes. The retail industry seems as if they have many hidden secrets. There are several countries all over the world that rely on the clothing industry for exports and their economy. About 88% of Haiti's, 70% of Bangladesh, 52% of Cambodia's and 43% of Shrilanka's exports depend on the clothing industry. The western world has seemed to turn a blind eye when it came to working conditions for the people who make their clothing. In fact, large companies target women as employees for their factories in poor countries. Women receive low wages and they have to work tireless hours in poor conditions. The positive side is that consumers are becoming more aware of the Global impact clothing 

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I choose to investigate the cars global trade because many Americans may not realize it, but according to a report done by business Insider in 2013, 5 of the 10 best selling cars in the us are imports. Also this means that successful international trade when it comes to the success of the us auto industry. In my opinion this can help a lot cause automotive industry and companies who are successful in using international trade to reduce cost and the market will come out on top.

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I decided to check out "food" for further information and I watched this video to learn more about how international trade affects it. When it comes to the many farms and fields in Mexico, there are no safety precautions which leads to "the food getting treated better than the people". Children will also be out working, some as young as 5 and the child labor laws that do exist, aren't put into place by the owners of the farms. This goes to show the effects of outsourcing jobs that have come with international trade, and the problems that it is causing. 

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The topic I chose to write on is "cars". Without NAFTA the Auto Industry which is one of the largest fields possibly affected by Trump's trade policies, says that the integration of new tariffs and changes to NAFTA will essentially terminate American jobs. It would also result in higher car prices and fewer choices for American drivers to kick. The Center For Automotive Research published a report highlighting how Trump's trade policies could hurt the industry and everyday consumers similar. If the U.S. leaves NAFTA, companies in Mexico and Canada may seek alternate, more affordable places to purchase these goods, such as China, India, and other regions with large, international U.S. competitors. Any move by the United States to withdraw from NAFTA or to otherwise restrict automotive vehicle, parts and components trade within North America will result in higher costs to producers, lower returns for investors, fewer choices for consumers, and a less competitive U.S. automotive and supplier industry. Counter to the incoming Trump Administration’s goal of creating manufacturing jobs the withdrawal from NAFTA or the implementation of punitive tariffs could result in the loss of at least 31,000 U.S. automotive and parts jobs.

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The topic i chose is clothing. Clothing is something universally needed, and as such, the demand is always high. In order to keep the price of clothes low, many companies turn to sources of cheap labor, such as Bangladesh. For consumers in the West, this means that they can get clothing nice and cheap. However, in Bangladesh, there are workers slaving away in overcrowded and dangerous clothing factories day and night for absolutely abysmal pay. Some companies choose to manufacture their clothes in countries that do protect the workers better than Bangladesh, such as India, but the clothing made there is more expensive as a result.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKXdLIr4GtE

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The video that I watched was about Fair Trade and is it really fair? Starbucks is a partner in Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a work in progress in which the company, let say Starbucks for example, get some of their products from international countries. The problem is that the workers that get those products for Starbucks gets under-paid and sometimes even child labor is involved. Companies are trying to fix this problem but this particular problem poses a problem that can't be fixed overnight. Whether there is a solution or not to this problem, we should not be able to underpay the workers who works for the products we eat/drink

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My aunt and uncle, Mayra and Romel acosta, both own an apparel findings and trimmings store. They have another small business located in china and they visit there once and a while to go see how its going. I suggest we talk to them and ask them questions on international trade, if its difficult, and if international is good or bad and why.
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