Archived Blog Post: October 6, 2002
The Free-Trade Fix - "One prominent antiglobalization report keeps referring to farms like G -- mez's as 'small-scale, diversified, self-reliant, community-based agriculture systems.' You could call them that, I guess; you could also use words like 'malnourished,' 'undereducated' and 'miserable' to describe their inhabitants. Rosenzweig is right -- this is not a life to be romanticized. But to turn the farm families' malnutrition into starvation makes no sense. Mexico spends foreign exchange to buy corn. Instead, it could be spending money to bring farmers irrigation, technical help and credit."