The Food Crisis through the lens of Haitian Rice

I was forwarded this video from the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. It's a 17 minute documentary that details the effects of U.S. government subsidies for their farmers combined with the forced reduction of import tariffs on foods in "southern" countries like Haiti. The results of these policies are proving to be devastating for those living in Haiti, as food prices continue to rise around the globe. Here's a short synopsis of the film provided in the email:
Canadian, social democratic documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis turns his attention to Haiti and the complicated, yet brutally simple world of trade, politics and control. When the IMF forced Haiti to reduce import duties on rice from 50 per cent to 3 per cent, the results were easy to predict. The Haitian rice industry was decimated, with the winners being American rice farmers. Their obscene subsidies were reaffirmed in the recently passed Farm Bill. Today Haitian rice is becoming a rarity in the marketplace, largely thanks to this hoax of free trade and the blind belief that markets must not be distorted, at least by countries of the South. This documentary also profiles the group SODA Haiti, who are dedicated to empowering poor Haitians to confront and solve their problems through collective action. Their struggle is uphill as they confront powerful forces within Haiti and outside.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:58 AM

    And so it keeps happening. The poor gets poorer.


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