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Confronting Globalization

Laura Carlsen Hilda Salazar Timothy Wise
Price: $ 25.95

Is the current model for economic globalization good for the poor or the environment? Are there alternatives? Amid rising worldwide protests that corporate elites wield too much influence over global economic governance, this book on Mexico' s experience under the North American Free Trade Agreement offers insights into both questions.

With a focus on labor, agricultural, and environmental issues, Confronting Globalization tells globalization's untold stories: its social and environmental costs and the grassroots search for alternative paths. Indigenous coffee farmers fight for a place in the global market. Sweatshop workers demand safe working conditions and basic labor rights. Corn farmers organize to prevent the flood of imported grain from driving them off the land. The editors carefully set the context and clearly draw the rich lessons from these compelling stories, offering a rare grounding in how trade policies affect vulnerable communities and the environment and what those communities are doing to defend themselves and promote their own homegrown alternatives.

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