Thursday, January 30, 2003

Captains of industry [Ag online]
These business people think of themselves as bringing progress and development and creating jobs. If small coffee farmers working on forested hillsides can't compete with new lowland plantations, and if these small farmers are driven into urban slums, such ecological and social dislocation is described as the inevitable price we must all pay for a robust economy. Charles Muscoplat, Dean of the College of Agriculture of the University of Minnesota, described the consolidation of power and wealth in agriculture as "inevitable." Bill Lapp, economist and VP of ConAgra Foods, said "Adam Smith's "invisible hand' is the Mother Nature of economics."


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