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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In the Caribbean Windward Islands, one in three jobs and half of export earnings depend on bananas. But from the end of 2005, the European Union will give up the last non-tariff measures designed to protect this trade. Looming over the islanders are unemployment, poverty, further emigration, and the almost inevitable switch to growing illegal drugs. Banana Wars tells how the US government, answering the grievances of a single American corporation, forced the World Trade Organization to nullify a European Community commitment to protect small Caribbean banana growers. The international trading system lacks the flexibility needed to give states like the Windward Islands the protection that they need to survive, while powerful supermarket chains insist on ever-lower prices, to the short-term benefit of consumers but the serious detriment of growers. This book calls for new EU arrangements to help the Caribbean banana industry beyond 2005 and for the WTO to give greater consideration to the needs of very small states with vulnerable economies.
 

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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 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.

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