Banana Wars - The Price of Free Trade

A Caribbean Perspective

Gordon Myers

Banana Wars - The Price of Free Trade

Gordon Myers

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208 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2004  
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842774533 Published August 2004 For sale in North and South America only
'Gordon Myers has written with clarity, sensitivity, and wisdom, a story of life and production for the people of the Caribbean who have been engaged in the banana business for over one hundred years. His is a remarkable book. It covers a critical productive sector, bananas, part of the economic base which sustains our evolving Caribbean civilisation.' - Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 2001-

'Gordon Myers' expertise on the banana issue is well known. This book, his account of the Caribbean banana farmers' continuing struggle to survive, eloquently reveals both his commitment and his concern. Current debates about world trade and unfettered liberalisation should be informed by the history of how livelihoods in the Caribbean have been destroyed, by decisions taken thousands of miles away in the US, in the EU and at the WTO. I commend Banana Wars to all those who subscribe to the view that vulnerable banana producers need protection.' - Glenys Kinnock MEP

'Gordon Myers has written a thoroughly researched and very readable book, tracing the history of the banana as a commercial crop and placing it in the socio-political context of the Caribbean and Latin America. Its publication is both timely and relevant, in the face of the global trade negotiations now in progress, and Banana Wars should be compulsory reading for all those in the Third World now engaged in these negotiations.' - Sir John Compton, Prime Minister of St Lucia 1982-1996
Contents
List of Figures and Tables
 
Preface
 
Foreword by Ralph E. Gonsalves
 
1. Introduction
 
2. The Beginnings
 
3. A Benevolent Empire
 
4. The Windward Islands
 
5. Banana Wars in the Commonwealth
 
6. Judicial Review and Resolve to Reform
 
7. The European Community: Pre-1993
 
8. The Market and the Major Players
 
9. Negotiating the New Regime
 
10. The First GATT Challenges, 1993-94
 
11. The Birth of the WTO: Compromise at Marrakesh
 
12. Chiquita and the US Campaign
 
13. The First WTO Case
 
14. A Disputed Conformity
 
15. Spin and Reality
 
16. Seeking an Agreed Solution
 
17. Cotonou Complications
 
18. Winners and Losers
 
19. A Threatened Future
 
20. Prospects for Survival
 
21. Equitable Trading?
 
22. Reflections on the WTO
 
23. Post-mortem
 
Afterword by Edison James
Appendix: A Climate of Uncertainty
Notes
Index
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