Central American Trade Bill No Boon for the Poor

On May 28, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick will join officials from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to sign the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). While officials from Central America and the US toast the fruits of negotiations, more than 15 million Central Americans who live on less than $2 per day have nothing to celebrate.

Don't Cut the Cheese

One of the world's great sensual experiences, exulted in daily across Europe, is illegal in the United States. That bite you may be about to take into an unctuous and intense young French raw milk cheese oozing off the edges of a chewy chunk of bread is against the law. No raw milk cheese aged for less than sixty days may be imported into this

Fairness Of 'Fair Trade'

Sir, Oliver Kamm (Thunderer, May 19) is in my view correct to question the inherent "fairness" of "fair trade". "Fair trade" is a market distortion that benefits a small, chosen group of poor farmers to the disadvantage of the rest, many of whom are more efficient.

GM Sweetcorn Given The Go-Ahead As Europe Bows To The US

A SIX-YEAR moratorium on imports of genetically modified foods was lifted by the European Commission yesterday as it bowed to pressure from the United States. Brussels approved the import and sale of tinned and frozen GM sweetcorn from crops produced by the Swiss firm Syngenta, so long as it is clearly labelled as a bio-engineered product.