Food, The Market, and the Future

One of the most important news stories we’re not following is the collapse of the World Trade Organization’s negotiations on trade. Food was the key item on the table and depending on who you talk to the collapse of these talks was either an inevitable end result of free market winning over a rules-based negotiation, or a devastating blow to fair trade of food and other commodities between rich nations and poorer ones. The collapse of these negotiations, may or may not predict disaster in the future of world wide trade. But what it does point out is where the battle lines will be drawn in the emerging economies of the world. 

Since I don’t count myself as an expert on the subject of global trade and commodities exchange, I will point out a few places to read or watch to get a sense of what’s at stake.

PBS’s Newshour gives some background and debate over the substance and importance of the talks.

This NY Times Editorial balances the scales between fair trade and free trade. 

And Newsweek gives us some background in to the nature of the negotiations. 

Have Thoughts? An Opinion? What about other links? 

Leave them in the comment section

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One Response

  1. With the current uncertainties with food prices there is a greater need for us to conserve and be increasingly economical about food consumption at home. We have become wasteful as consumers of food and have never really had a need to feel otherwise before this crisis started. Blaming the rampant consumerism of the supermarkets has now irrelevant in this discussion. The situation now is that if we don’t change our food habits this situation could easily escalate completely out of control. The responsibility is now on us all to change our food buying and food consuming habits.
    Simple food saving tips are things we need to get used to and practice more regularly. Most of these are common sense and can be quite creative. You can find a list of free food saving tips at sites such as http://www.foodcrisis.co.uk amongst other similar sites as well.
    We all need to contribute to a fairer and more food wise program for ourselves.

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