Agriculture & Globalization
The Vancouver Statement On the Globalization and Industrialization of Agriculture, International Forum on Food and Agriculture, Jun. 1998, available at http://www.ifg.org/IFA/The_Vancouver_Statement.htm
The International Forum on Food and Agriculture (IFA) was created to address these global concerns and to articulate the full range of consequences of the rapid global conversion to industrial agriculture, to develop international cooperative strategies to counter this dangerous trend, and to clearly articulate successful alternative models. From June 6 - 10, 1998, the IFA held its inaugural strategy meeting in Vancouver, BC. This session in Vancouver brought together 54 people from five continents (12 countries) including organizers from various farmer and peasant movements, academia, researchers, NGO leaders, and owners of food processing and distribution firms.
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Ch.14, Agenda 21, at http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_14.shtml.
Chapter 14 of Agenda 21 states the need for major adjustments in agricultural, environmental and macroeconomic policy, at both national and international levels, in developed as well as developing countries, to create the conditions for sustainable agriculture and rural development. It also describes the programme areas and objectives.
Joachim von Braun, UNconventional: A Point of View: "Good" Globalization, U.N. Chronicle Online 2001, available at http://tiny.cc/3bgr8.
Globalization of agriculture has long progressed at various frontiers. It is a mixed blessing. Carefully designed policies adapted to regional conditions are called for to foster the potential benefits for people and the ecology, and to prevent risks. These benefits, especially for the South, are large and should be tapped. Globalization means integration of inputs and outputs into global markets, global sharing of information and knowledge, and global rules governing such integration.