8 January 2001
Multinationals always the winners

ONE thing “freeing-up our markets has shown is how little, if anything, this tends to help those who are targeted – but it still damages our own interests.

The big winners are always the multinational corporations who wade in to expolit cheap labour and can freely dissappear if the going gets tough.

The truth with sugar-cane is that traditional growing countries have lost out to big corporations growing on a large scale (e.g in the Pacific), just as the West Indies cannot compete with the likes of United Brands in Costa Rica in marketing bananas.

Please do not forget that very real threat exists here paricularly to the UK, in that we have substanitally more facilities to refine cane sugar than our EU counterparts.

If “Everything But Arms” goes ahead, our beet industry will be the first to suffer, and we also have the government that is least likely to care.
John Thomas, Llanmaes, Glamorgan
john.thomas@farmline.com

  • Level world playing field, FWi Open Forum
  • Sugar quota – the view from the Third World, FWi Open Forum
  • Sugar – do something to stop quota cuts, FWi Open Forum
  • EU sugar plan could slash beet prices, FWi, 01 December, 2000
  • Plan to open sugar trade threatens big quota cuts, FARMERS WEEKLY, 17 November, 2000