Aid May Help But Trade Can Cripple

Solution to hypocritical trade subsidies can't be the same for rich and poor countries

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 07/06/2005 12:00 am EDT

Canada spends almost triple the amount on agricultural subsidies than it does on foreign aid with the side effect that subsidized food products may be putting farmers in poor countries out of business. "We have a responsibility to ensure that we're not dumping any surplus food in the world market," said Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada, noting wheat is the only major commodity of concern. "If there are social policy reasons why we should support Canadian farmers, that is fine. But we have to be sure that having supported them their product is not sideswiping a producer in the south."

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