New Farm Powers Sow the Seeds Of America's Agricultural Woes

On a vast, windy plain, a farmer swells with optimism as he surveys a carpet of wheat stretching toward the horizon. Bankers are throwing money at him to reap bigger harvests. Grain traders are elbowing their way to his front door, eager to export his wheat. Last year, he marvels, "they sold it to the Arab Emirates."

Company Challenges U.S. for Safeguarding Environment

BROOKLIN, Canada, Jun 17 (IPS) - "There's a huge amount of interest in this case," says Howard Mann, a Canadian lawyer who acts for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which won the right to be the first-ever intervener in a hearing on chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

El Salvador Scarred by Child Labor

EL CHAPARRAL, El Salvador -- Jesus Franco, 14, has scars crisscrossing his legs from his ankles to his thighs, and more on his small hands. For more than half of his young life, he's spent long days cutting sugar cane. He has the machete scars to prove it, and so do his four brothers and sisters, age 9 to 19, all of whom work in the sweltering cane fields.

U.S. Group Plans Frontal Attack On NAFTA

With its subsidy case against Canadian softwood lumber all but blown out of the water by NAFTA's dispute settlement panels, the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports and its supporters are now looking at re-invigorating their frontal attack on NAFTA itself.

In Mexico, Sugar vs. U.S. Corn Syrup

Along the sooty gangways and rickety catwalks of the Emiliano Zapata sugar mill, sweat-soaked workers operate presses, vats and ovens in a process that has changed little since the mill's first harvest in 1938. From a distance, the mill's chimney sprouts from the cane fields of this verdant part of central Mexico, where sugar has been cultivated since the time of the conquistadors.

Panel Rejects a U.S. Levy

The United States must rework duties on $4.6 billion a year in Canadian lumber imports because the tariffs were incorrectly computed, a North American Free Trade Agreement panel said Monday, for the second time.

Gm Planning To Double Car Production

Leading global automaker General Motors (GM) yesterday unveiled plans to more than double its production capacity in China over the next three years. GM said it will invest more than US $ 3 billion in its China-based joint ventures, with the cash mainly coming from profits generated by these ventures, lifting its total investment in China to US $ 5 billion.

Court Lets Mexican Trucks Into U.S.

The Supreme Court removed the last legal roadblock to Mexican trucks rolling across U.S. roadways, siding with the Bush administration Monday in a long-running dispute with labor union officials, environmentalists and consumer advocates.