Monday, July 28, 2008
India-China Alliance in Geneva; When Farms Mean National Security
Latin American states, led by Brazil, were receptive, especially given the possibility of gaining market share in the U.S., but other countries are worried about losing a domestic farming base.
What is interesting is how farming is now seen as a "national security" issue. India argues that in a world increasingly defined by shortage and competition, it needs to preserve its own domestic ability to produce food. All of this, by the way, touches on issues discussed in the current issue of The National Interest.
A good summary of the U.S. perspective here, versus Xinhua's coverage.