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Policies of the corporations afecting the defense of land and food

16 January 2008

How the World Trade Organisation is driving farmers into poverty

Issue date: 1 Jul 2007 http://www.tgwu.org.uk/Templates/Journal.asp?NodeID=93554&int1stParentNodeID=42469&int2ndParentNodeID=89913 Discredited "trade liberalisation" policies are not only endangering agricultural industries throughout the world but also threatening the environment, according to a...

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23 October 2007

Dr. Raj Patel of LRAN critiques the World Bank’s World Development Report

October 2007 by Raj Patel INTRODUCTION Many have welcomed the 2008 World Development Report on Agriculture as a sign of the World Bank’s nascent interest in the profession of the world’s poorest.1 The World Bank has, however, long been involved in food and farming systems. This report provides a broad overview,...

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16 July 2007

Globalization, Productivity, and ’Protectionism’

Globalization has brought huge overall benefits, but earnings for most U.S. workers — even those with college degrees — have been falling recently; inequality is greater now than at any other time in the last 70 years. Whatever the cause, the result has been a surge in protectionism. To save globalization,...

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3 July 2007

Soy nexus in South America

Along with the rapid expansion of the ethanol production, largely manufactured from sugar cane, South America is also beginning to play a key role as producer of biodisel. The main feedstock is soya and, for the soya farmers and the mutilnational grain companies, who were facing problems of overproduction, the new...

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18 May 2007

Allied with Brazilian Agribusiness, Syngenta Resists Governor’s Decree to Expropriate Site

March 14 marked the one-year anniversary of the Via Campesina’s non-violent occupation of Syngenta Seeds’ experimental test site in Brazil. Last year 600 members of the Via Campesina occupied the 123-hectare site in Santa Tereza do Oeste, in the state of Paraná, after it was discovered that Syngenta had illegally...

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3 May 2007

Development and Plunder in the Mekong Region

Note: This paper attempts to provide a glimpse of the high costs of the development model promoted in the Mekong region by International Financial Institutions (IFIs), bilateral donors and Mekong country governments. It is based on past work done by the author and fellow researchers who have been working on the...

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3 May 2007

Land and Natural Resource Alienation in Cambodia

Land is the repository of memory and keeps traces of the past in the absence of a strong written tradition. It is perceived as an open book from which anyone can read and learn about local history: place names, old roads, legends and stories attached to places. For local people, bulldozing the landscape is...

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1 May 2007

Free Trade vs. Small Farmers

originally published in Foreign Policy In Focus on April 27, 2007 Walden Bello is Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, a Bangkok-based research and advocacy institute, and a Professor of Sociology at the University of the Philippines at Diliman. A longer version of this piece comes out in the April...

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19 March 2007

The Neoliberal Agrarian Model in Brazil

João Pedro Stedile is a member of the national board of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) and of Via Campesina-Brasil. http://www.monthlyreview.org/0207stedile.htm Introduction Since Fernando Collor’s 1989 presidential victory, and most notably since Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s two terms in...

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17 February 2007

The Neoliberal Agrarian Model in Brazil

João Pedro Stedile is a member of the national board of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) and of Via Campesina–Brasil. Introduction Since Fernando Collor’s 1989 presidential victory, and most notably since Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s two terms in office (1995–98 and 1999–2002, respectively),...

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