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)