In the United States and throughout North America, NAFTA has accelerated the industrial consolidation of agriculture and pushed out smaller, more sustainable food producers.
Developed countries are still using the WTO to squeeze small farmers in the developing world–and developing world governments are going along with the charade.
Thanks to the hard work of the U.S. Farm Lobby, America’s love of cheap food has stretched more than an engorged waistline. It now stretches the limits of American foreign policy.Over the past century, the Farm Lobby’s influence on the U.S. government has increased alongside the consolidation and growth of U.S. agribusinesses, the principle recipients of federal farm subsidies. Now it appears the Farm Lobby’s efforts are hamstringing American national security, as well.
FPIF asked Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Gawain Kripke of Oxfam the following questions: