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  •  actually there is no free trade for farmers. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, j1j2j3j4

    The WTO only has jurisdiction over a very small portion of the agricultural trade, leaving the industrial nations like the US and Europe to massively subsidize their agribusinesses (a typical cow in Europe gets a subsidy of $3-4 a day---which is more than one-third of the planet's HUMAN population gets).

    The WTO, in its Dohan Round of negotiations, did try to expand its jurisdiction over agribusiness --the US and Europe both fought to keep their agricultural subsidies, leading to the formation of the G20+ bloc, composed of small agrarian countries who wanted to end the subsidies completely. When the US and Europe refused to budge, G20+ bloc shut down the entire negotiations, and they remain dead today.  There are persistent rumors that Obama plans to try to re-start the talks (the US wants to expand WTO's authority to cover things like intellectual property and international finance, but can't do that as long as the G20+ keeps holding out).

    •  btw, I should perhaps make it clear that (0+ / 0-)

      I don't create reality, I only describe it. I am simply stating what WTO is and what it does.  I never said I liked any of it.

      But reality is what it is, and the reality is that, like it or not, WTO is there and it's not going away anytime soon.

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