Banana Wars-The Price of Free Trade: A Caribbean Perspective

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Zed Books, Nov 6, 2004 - Business & Economics - 191 pages
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'Gordon Myers has written with clarity, sensitivity, and wisdom, a story of life and production for the people of the Caribbean who have been engaged in the banana business for over one hundred years. His is a remarkable book. It covers a critical productive sector, bananas, part of the economic base which sustains our evolving Caribbean civilisation.' - Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 2001-

'Gordon Myers' expertise on the banana issue is well known. This book, his account of the Caribbean banana farmers' continuing struggle to survive, eloquently reveals both his commitment and his concern. Current debates about world trade and unfettered liberalisation should be informed by the history of how livelihoods in the Caribbean have been destroyed, by decisions taken thousands of miles away in the US, in the EU and at the WTO. I commend Banana Wars to all those who subscribe to the view that vulnerable banana producers need protection.' - Glenys Kinnock MEP

'Gordon Myers has written a thoroughly researched and very readable book, tracing the history of the banana as a commercial crop and placing it in the socio-political context of the Caribbean and Latin America. Its publication is both timely and relevant, in the face of the global trade negotiations now in progress, and Banana Wars should be compulsory reading for all those in the Third World now engaged in these negotiations.' - Sir John Compton, Prime Minister of St Lucia 1982-1996
 

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This author is clearly not educated as a writer.
He claims to be a hero when he writes, and his other books he is anything but a hero.
More like a Bully looking for attention and finding it.

Contents

Introduction
1
The Beginnings
5
A Benevolent Empire
11
The Windward Islands
18
Banana Wars in the Commonwealth
22
Judicial Review and Resolve to Reform
30
Pre1993
37
The Market and the Major Players
42
Spin and Reality
101
Seeking an Agreed Solution
111
Cotonou Complications
120
Winners and Losers
125
A Threatened Future 757
137
2o Prospects for Survival
146
Equitable Trading?
154
Reflections on the WTO
159

Negotiating the New Regime
52
The First GATT Challenges 199394
65
Compromise at Marrakesh
70
Chiquita and the US Campaign
75
The First WTO Case
83
A Disputed Conformity
91
Postmortem
167
Afterword by Edison James
171
A Climate of Uncertainty
173
Notes 777
177
Index
185
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About the author (2004)

Gordon Myers, CMG, is a former senior British civil servant who, since 1993, has worked with the Caribbean Banana Exporters Association (CBEA) in trying to defend the interests of Caribbean banana growers who depend on the European market. His service in the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) (1951-89) included two periods dealing with crises in the Caribbean banana trade in 1970-73 and 1982-84. From 1975 to 1979, he was seconded to the Foreign Office to serve in the UK Permanent Representation to the EEC. Following retirement, he acted as Special Adviser to the British House of Commons Agriculture Committee during its inquiry into the negotiations for a single European market regime for bananas.

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