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Cattle Alert: Opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement Grows

Today 3/29/2005 10:06:00 AM


Cattle Alert: Opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement Grows

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2005) - Despite support by President Bush's administration, opposition to the Central America Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA) continues to swell within America's agriculture community. Several key Congressional leaders and state Agriculture Commissioners have come out against the trade agreement, which they believe is a poor deal for the American farmer.

Last week Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined the growing chorus of CAFTA opposition. "I am very concerned about the Central America Free Trade Agreement," Chambliss said. "As it currently stands I will vote against the agreement when it comes to the Floor." Senator Chambliss joins many champions of American agriculture in Congress on both sides of the aisle in opposing CAFTA, including House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Representative Dennis Rehberg (R-MT).

In addition, Agriculture Commissioners from several key agriculture states, including Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota, have also spoken out against CAFTA. Last month the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) adopted a resolution to reject CAFTA.

"CAFTA, like the failed trade policies of the past, is being sold on wildly optimistic projections that sound good but never seem to materialize,"
National Farmers Union President Dave Frederickson said. "The fact is that the United States continues to come up on the short-end in trade
agreements."

"There is no better example that our trade policy isn't working than the fact for the first time in nearly a half-century the United States will
import more agriculture products than we export," Frederickson said.
 

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"There is no better example that our trade policy isn't working than the fact for the first time in nearly a half-century the United States will import more agriculture products than we export," Frederickson said

And this probably doesn't have anything to do with the Agricultural land base vs. population? Or importing products to meet a demand domestically, while exporting products with less demand domestically.

Sounds like this guy has jumped on the R-calf theory train, without knowing or understanding. Is he one of these lawyer politicians too?
 

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25/11/2004 - As the US celebrates Thanksgiving, a new study reveals that almost half the food in the country goes to waste - a statistic that should alarm an industry that is struggling to achieve greater efficiency in order to salvage profits
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http://foodproductiondaily.com/news/ng.asp?id=56340&n=dh330&c=tzlvsrxywshqwyj
 

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