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View Diary: BREAKING: Obama Backs Peru FTA / NAFTA Extension, Peruvian Farmers to Starve (175 comments)

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  •  records (5+ / 0-)

    Yes, i don't trust Edwards either--he was very bad on family farmer issues when he was in the Senate. But at least his recent rhetoric and stances have shown he sort of "gets it." Which is more than I can say for the rest of them (except for Kucinich who also is very strong on farm issues).

    This FTA is probably better on labor/enviro (as the apologists keep saying).

    it is still a disaster for farmers as dumping will become a huge problem for Peru.

    •  I am with you in principle, FBG, (1+ / 0-)
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      on protecting native farming sectors, but I do need to see and read more details.

      •  just read up on what happened (4+ / 0-)

        to Mexican farmers under NAFTA. Carnegie did a study showing how they were driven off because of below-cost US corn. Tufts should have some studies too. corn farmers on both sides got screwed, ADM made out, but we are rich enough to give our farmers subsidies to try and help them stave off poverty. mexico does not have the luxury to do that (so no, subsidies do NOT cause overproduction or dumping. they are a RESULT of such things!)

        •  primary industry (0+ / 0-)

          is a sort of high tech thing now. And it is controlled by ADM and Monsanto. See locations of HQs.

          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 05:43:28 PM PDT

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        •  Archer Daniels Midland is headquartered in (0+ / 0-)

          Illinois, northwest of where I grew up.  They wield a lot of clout and have made off like bandits.  As I said above, the Mexican farmers got screwed when we flooded Mexico with cheap corn.  Then they had to get jobs in our packing plants, legally or illegally, because we did that.  

          When people don't see that it's all connected, we all get screwed.

          Have you seen "Life and Debt"?

          "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 01:23:13 PM PDT

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