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Rubio Blasts White House for Ignoring Harm to American Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Sep 10, 2021 | Press Releases

Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement after White House Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, touted artificially low fruit and vegetable prices that harm American growers:
“In an effort to defend the White House from criticism over the impacts of historic and worsening inflation, President Biden’s top economic advisor shockingly welcomed artificially low prices of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are the result of unfair trade practices, government subsidies, and labor wage disparities in countries like Mexico,” Rubio said. “Director Deese’s statement is inconsistent with previous claims by the White House that the Biden Administration plans to address threats to American food security.”
“I urge the Biden Administration to unequivocally support American fruit and vegetable growers and work with me and my bipartisan colleagues in Congress to develop an action plan to halt the ongoing unfair trade practices by countries, like Mexico, that threaten American food security, national security, and the livelihoods of fruit and vegetable growers in Florida and other states,” Rubio concluded.
On August 30, 2021, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a report detailing a 580 percent increase in the volume of specialty crop imports from Mexico between 2000 and 2020 due to unfair trade practices such as dumping, labor wage disparities, and un-competitive pricing. Mexico’s seizure of American market share through these malicious practices has consequently resulted in Florida’s growers losing their market shares for products such as: bell pepper (74.75 percent market share loss), strawberries (30.3 percent market share loss), blueberries (57.86 percent market share loss), and others. These impacts have caused billions of dollars in economic harm and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in Florida.