Saturday, February 25, 2006
With the strength of our value adding cooperatives like SPC and Bonlac being eroded as quickly as cash in our wallets, it seesm to me the Shadow Minister for Agriculture Mr O 'Connor might do more than talk up business in Geelong (GA 21/2) , Maybe he could advise us why our forefathers were more effective at adding value to ag products than the majority of polys who always seem to be chanting "business knows best" .
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
The Time is Ripe for a Fair Trade Victory - Act Now! The Bush administration says it will bring the Peru Free Trade Agreement to Congress in the coming months, and is planning to sneak Colombia and Ecuador into the deal. Predictably, the deal is worse than CAFTA. But because the political climate is more favorable, the fight to stop it will be different. We have the potential to win; its time to act.
Contains no protection for core labor standards even though Perus President offered to include them, and even though union leaders are assassinated at a rate of more than one per week in Colombia;
Would cost jobs at home while lowering living standards in the region and forcing many farmers to turn to coca cultivation
Would establish rules to curtail environmental protection; and
Would deny essential generic medicines to HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria patients.
Peru/Andean Free Trade Agreement!
The deal is worse
than CAFTA. The political climate is more favorable. Together we can stop this next NAFTA/CAFTA.