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Five Global Threats to Family Farmers
Marilyn Borchardt
Among the specific threats identified by the report are new trade and investment deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) due to be adopted by twelve Pacific Rim states, and the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and the European Union. These agreements, notes report author Tanya Kerssen, threaten to override national laws—such as land-use guidelines and regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—that protect family farmers. Those who stand to benefit most, says Kerssen, “are the large industrial farmers and the corporate seed, feed and trading giants like Monsanto, Cargill and ADM.”

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