international small farmer solidarity
lh at pressroom.com
Sun May 5 14:48:27 EDT 2002
My wife and I were just down in Brazil. She was meeting with various
groups in the fight to stop large multinationals (mostly French) from
privatizing the water supply. Some of the groups she met with
represented small farmers. What is happening in Brazil is that large
corporations are moving in and kicking the small farmers off the
land, sometimes using laws they are instrumental in writing,
sometimes with the local police, sometime with the use of death
So I guess the short of it is that helping small farmers and
building solidarity with small farmers internationally wasn't and
isn't a bad move.
What was/is a bad move was/is allowing large transnational
corporations get control of the food system here and abroad. We
should be actively opposing treaties (NAFTA) and organizations (WTO,
World Bank, IMF) that promote transnational corporate globalization
at the expense of small farmers. These organizations do not operate
in the interest of small farmers here or abroad.
Here's a quote from a world bank official about water privatization
in Ghana - 'The poor have more resources than we imagine. They can
afford paying more for basic services.'
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