TRADE AND THE RIGHT TO FOOD

Rich-country governments have long promoted trade rules that favor multinational agricultural export firms, from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the World Trade Organization. Such policies have resulted in the widespread “dumping” of below-cost agricultural exports on developing countries, undermining local farmers with unfair competition. While the U.S. government subsidizes its own farmers, it has accused the Indian government of violating WTO rules by subsidizing their farmers as part of the country’s National Food Security Program, the most ambitious anti-hunger program in the world. A revised NAFTA threatens to undermine the Mexican government’s promising efforts to promote food self-sufficiency by continuing to allow dumped U.S. crop exports. Trade can promote global food security and support agricultural development among small-scale farmers, but only with rules that recognize the right to food.

Trade can promote global food security and support agricultural development among small-scale farmers, but only with rules that recognize the right to food.

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December 16, 2019

Originally Published on Medium on December 15,2019

Migrant from rural Mexico awaits transport to the United States. (Photo: © David Bacon dbacon@igc.org)

The following is excerpted from Chapter 8 of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press 2019).

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provoked a wave of migration to the United States. Many of those migrants were comi...

March 7, 2019

In a new book, researcher Timothy Wise argues that powerful forces shape food policies that feed corporate interests.

Originally published on Civil Eats March 7, 2019 by Eva Perroni

From remote villages in Malawi, Mexico, and India to ethanol refineries and industrial hog factories in the American heartland, Tim Wise has spent great deal of the last several years thinking about the big picture of food and farming.

As both the dir...

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