29 March 2002

Anti-protectionist rules could kill off farmers markets

FARMERS markets could be outlawed if the World Trade Organisation retains power over agriculture, warned Kathryn Tulip, of new campaign group Action on Corporate Agriculture.

"Because farmers markets specify who can sell at them, they could be interpreted under WTO rules as protectionist measures put in place to keep out imports," said Ms Tulip.

Similar thinking could be used to outlaw fair trade schemes for products such as tea and coffee under WTO rules.

Only the publication of such shock examples could help the public learn of the dangers of WTO membership, she added. "We need to expose the big corporations and their links with WTO." &#42