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  •  thank you! (9+ / 0-)

    you seem to be the only poster who actually understood my arguments and how trade impacts food security/farmers. the rest of the folks here just want to debate union wages and competing with China/India. totally irrelevant to the issues i am talking about here.

    Church World Service is an awesome group who totally understands how trade and agriculture work and what is wrong with the free trade model they never teach us about in economics classes.

    •  Their nonsequitur (4+ / 0-)

      shouldn't discourage you.

      My novel is full of sex, drink, incest, suicides, dope, horseracing, murder, scandalous legal procedure and ends with a good public hanging--attended by 30,000

      by Salo on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 05:46:28 PM PDT

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      •  Destroying small farms is NOT "progressive." (4+ / 0-)

        International aid organizationsare opposing FTA all across the board.

        International aid organization Oxfam criticized today's signing of the
        US-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Washington, an agreement it says
        would do more harm than good for millions of Peruvians who live in
        poverty. Provisions in this trade agreement threaten the livelihood of
        small farmers in Peru and will put access to important life-saving drugs
        at affordable prices out of reach for the majority of Peruvians.

        According to Oxfam, the agreement includes strict new intellectual
        property rules that exceed World Trade Organization (WTO) standards and
        could dangerously hinder Peru's access to important life-saving drugs.
        The agreement also fails to take into account that the US subsidizes
        farm production with billions of dollars in taxpayer support, meaning
        that Peru's small farmers will face massive dumping of subsidized farm
        products on their market. Although the agreement makes it easier for
        foreign investors to operate in Peru, it also leaves the government with
        a weakened ability to enact or enforce its own laws on public health,
        safety, and the environment.

        Kill me before I have to think again!

        by Jacob Freeze on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 05:59:36 PM PDT

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        •  according to (4+ / 0-)

          the campaign boosters the ascent of the man into the Presidency will transform America's relationship with a slum kid in Karachi.

          The peasant family making their own food and minding their own business can suck it up for that cause. There are lots of shanty slums in Lima for them to live in and reflect on US Presidential politics.

          My novel is full of sex, drink, incest, suicides, dope, horseracing, murder, scandalous legal procedure and ends with a good public hanging--attended by 30,000

          by Salo on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 06:04:24 PM PDT

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    •  I get it. We have a family ranch. My husband (0+ / 0-)

      watched the movie "Life and Debt", he finally realized what we had done to people like him in other countries.
      I urge people to watch this movie by Stephanie Black.

      "It is not be cause things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca

      by MontanaMaven on Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 01:02:46 PM PDT

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