Oligopoly, Inc. 2005: Concentration in Corporate Power
etc group -- November/December 2005It’s no secret that transnational corporations wield unprecedented power to shape social, economic and trade policies. Today we are witnessing ever more concentrated control over – not only the food system – but the products and processes of life and the fundamental building blocks of nature. Read more
Much confusion around WTO
There has been a torrent of news reports lately about the World Trade Organization talks and the role they may play in a variety of agricultural issues. The so-called Doha Round of these talks is supposed to reach agreement on agriculture at its Hong Kong meeting in December. The chances for such an agreement are fast fading as countries of all sorts bicker about what should happen. Read more
Empowering Canadian Farmers in the Marketplace
A report by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food -- July 2005Table of ContentsTerms of ReferenceLetter to the MinisterThe Farm Economy in CrisisFarm Income ConsultationsImpact of Government RegulationImproving Farm IncomeThe Need for InvestmentConclusionRecommendationsSourcesAnnex 1 - Government Actions Taken Read more
The Farmers’ Share: Compare the Share 2004
Centre For Rural Studies and Enrichment -- November 2004 Read more
Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy: Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide
Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee -2003 Disastrously low prices are plaguing farmers worldwide. A deliberate shift in American agricultural policy in the 1990s has paved the way for these depressed crop prices with no mechanisms in place to change the situation. Prices declined after 1996 because that year’s Farm Bill dropped several traditional, crucial safeguards for managing supply and supporting prices. Read more
Power hungry: six reasons to regulate global food corporations
Action Aid Global food companies have grown too powerful and are undermining the fight against poverty in developing countries. They are draining wealth from rural communities, marginalising small-scale farming, and infringing people’s rights. Urgent action is needed to re-govern agricultural markets so they benefit poor people, and to make companies legally accountable for their impacts on human rights and the environment. Read more