Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842777558 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $107.95 ISBN: 9781842777541 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Food is Different

Why we must get the WTO out of Agriculture

Peter M. Rosset

Food is Different

Peter M. Rosset

Distributed for Zed Books

192 pages | 5.0625 x 7.8125 | © 2006  
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842777558 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $107.95 ISBN: 9781842777541 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Why does our global food system gives us expensive, unhealthy and bad-tasting food, where we pay more for packaging and long-distance shipping than we do for the food itself? Why do farmers and peasants from around the world lead massive protests each and every time the World Trade Organization meets?

Peter Rosset explains how the runaway free trade policies and neoliberal economics of the WTO, American government and European Union kill farmers, and give us a food system that nobody outside of a small corporate elite wants. This essential guide sets out an alternative vision for agricultural policy, taking it completely out of the WTO's ambit. Food is not just another commodity, to be bought and sold like a microchip, but something which goes to the heart of human livelihood, culture and society.
Contents
Prologue: Speak the Truth: Exclude the WTO from Agriculture, by Lee Kyung Hae
Foreword: Farmers Around the World Lose out Under the WTO, by George Naylor

Introduction: Trade versus Development?
1. Trade Negotiations and Trade Liberalization
2. Key Issues, Misconceptions, Disagreements and Alternative Paradigms
3. Dumping and Subsidies: Unravelling the Confusion
4. The Impacts of Liberalized Agricultural Trade
5. Alternatives for a Different Agriculture and Food System
Conclusion - Another Food System is Possible

Special Topics:
How the WTO Rules Agriculture
Government Negotiating Blocs
Where European and American Family Farmers Stand
Where Peasant and Family Farm Organizations Stand
Food from Family Farms Act: a Proposal for the 2007 US Farm Bill
For a Legitimate, Sustainable and Supportive CAP
People's Food Sovereignty Statement
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