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Agricultural Trade: Time for a New Framework

June 8, 2004

By Sophia Murphy

From the Intro: To the consternation of the U.S. government and the joy of much of the rest of the world, Brazil just won a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against U.S. subsidies on upland cotton. The WTO ruled that the U.S. violated its obligations under the Agreement on Agriculture by exceeding its spending limits for cotton. The U.S. will almost certainly appeal the ruling, but no one expects the finding to be overturned. After fifty years of waivers and carefully worded exemptions for agriculture, rich countries may have lost their power to set their agricultural policies without regard for the rest of the world.

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