World Trade and the Regeneration of Agriculture

Industrial agriculture, often producing in global value chains, can be understood as the intersection of two of today’s most severe crises: climate crisis and loss of biodiversity. What are the impacts from agriculture on local and global ecosystems, and also on small farmers’ livelihoods? What are the different strategies to de-industrialization of agriculture in the North and South? Which are the countries which act as major exporters of industrial agriculture, and with what products? And what reforms would be required in the World Trade Organization and other trade policy bodies in order no longer encourage any further specialization and intensification of production? See here for the EcoFair Trade Dialogue Discussion Paper No. 9 by Wolfgang Sachs and Tilman Santarius.

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