Europes peasants almost extinct

25 August 1999

‘Europe’s peasants almost extinct’

EUROPES peasant farmers are almost extinct, according to Guardian contributor Tim Salmon, who has just written a book on the subject.

Kate Connolly, the papers Central Europe correspondent, details the advance of US agribusiness into the traditional farming culture of Romania.

A consortium of some of the biggest US pharmaceutical and agribusiness names – including Monsanto, DuPont, FMC and Cynamid – all have operations in the country.

Some 45% of Romanians live in rural communities.

Agriculture employs more than a quarter of the labour force and provides more than a sixth of national income.

  • The Guardian 24/08/99 page 4/5 (Society section)

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