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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Trade deal threatens U.S. war on drugs

A free-trade deal between the United States and Colombia may push poor farmers to grow more coca.

Miami Herald, FL
Associated Press
ESPINAL, Colombia

The bilateral trade deal would be Washington's biggest in the Western Hemisphere since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. The agreement's text has yet to be made public, though it was signed in February, and must be approved by each country's legislature before it takes effect next year.

Colombia's 28,000 rice growers -- as well as corn, cereal and poultry farmers -- say the trade pact threatens to put them out of business for good.

That's because, like farmers everywhere, many struggle to eke out an existence while their U.S. counterparts receive large government subsidies.


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