What does chapter intro-3 say in the book called Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel?

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Chapter 3 of Stuffed and Starved titled "You Have Become Mexican," talks about how farmers in different countries like Mexico and India share similar experiences due to trade and economy. 

The chapter talks about how poor countries participating in trade agreements (such as NAFTA) end up suffering because they are not able to compete with the successful economies of the wealthier, more developed economies. For example, the subsidies the US government provides to American farmers allowed them to sell their product at a much lower price and a bigger competitive advantage compared to Mexican farmers. Trade liberalization causes a fall in the prices of produce in poorer countries. So, NAFTA, which was supposed to spread wealth from Canada and US to Mexico ended up hurting Mexican farmers and the economy. It has been the poorest portion of Mexican society, the poor farmers, who have suffered from this economic policy. The author believes that this is just capitalism at work because capitalist economies favor efficiency, and the poorest aren't usually the most efficient.

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