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Old 09-18-2003, 01:47 AM   #16
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Originally posted by Sherry Darling

Trade is importantn for relations, though. But surely at least for food, such a basic human need, everyone having enough of it should take priority over market forces or profit, no?

"And a fucked up world it is too"

There is nothing that has sway over the market. It is all seeing, all knowing....omnipotent. We must pray and sacrifice to the market.

I love these lines from Bruce Cockburn:

"greed twists eternal in the human breast
But the market has no brain
It doesn't love, it's not God
All it knows is the price of lunch."

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Old 09-18-2003, 02:22 PM   #17
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Cutting first world subsidies wouldnīt be my favored method, because many farmers couldnīt survive. The problem in the third world is, that because of subsidies, first world agricultural products can "afford to be cheap". Now if thereīs free world-wide trade, third world farmers will not survive because of first world products being so cheap. The general (not in every case) answer would be quite simple: local production, and high taxes in third world countries on agricultural imports of first-world countries. The problem is that the IMF forbids that practise. Why? Officially, because the IMF is full of short-sighted employees. Inofficially, because itīs Washington.

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