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Peace or FTA?

Death Star Deal: what about agriculture?

Dennis Olson and Alexandra Spieldoch of the Institute for Agricultural Policy weigh in (PDF) on the "deal" —

Nowhere addressed in the trade deal is how to address the false promise consistent in free trade agreements that all farmers will find prosperity by increasing their export market shares. Of course farmers don't export, multinational corporations do. Instead of leading toward prosperity for farmers, free trade has driven an export-led corporate model of agriculture that has substantially increased the dumping of agricultural commodities onto world markets at below the cost of production. Small-scale farmers, who make up as high as 70 percent of the population in some of the poorest countries in the world, cannot compete with these below-cost imports. In many cases, these farmers can no longer support themselves on their land, and are forced to migrate to other areas such as the United States in search of a better life.

In addition to agricultural issues, they also touch on investment rules, IPR, GMOs and other issues in this brief commentary.

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