Saturday, February 11, 2006

Rice growers afraid of CAFTA

Yesterday the Miami Herald ran a story about why Costa Rican rice growers are afraid of CAFTA and what they, along with the country unions, have been doing to obstruct its ratification. The article is insightful and offers a lot of background material that will help a lot of foreigners understand why this treaty has created such a big debate in our country. Here's an excerpt of the article:

CAFTA: In Costa Rica, it all boils down to rice

Beleaguered agricultural sectors and embattled state unions have made Costa Rica the only country involved in CAFTA not to ratify the agreement.


In Costa Rica, there is consensus on very few issues regarding CAFTA, the free-trade agreement among the United States, five Central American nations and the Dominican Republic.

One seems to be this: If CAFTA takes effect, the rice industry here probably will not survive.

The same could be said for some smaller agriculture industries. But it's the rice growers who pose the biggest moral dilemma...

To read the whole article click here.

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