John Madeley's Big Business, Poor Peoples: How Transnational Corporations PDF

By John Madeley

ISBN-10: 1848130333

ISBN-13: 9781848130333

This new and up-to-date variation of massive enterprise, terrible Peoples exposes what number of the ordinary assets of constructing international locations are being ceded to transnational organisations answerable to not anyone yet their shareholders. the writer argues that transnational organizations have used their funds, dimension and gear to steer foreign negotiations and they have taken complete good thing about the circulation in the direction of privatization to persuade the rules of governments. Sovereignty, he concludes, is passing into company palms and the bad are paying the associated fee. yet individuals are battling again. voters, staff, groups, are exposing the firms and seeking out possible choices.

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They seem to be an almost magical answer. The deeper problems they can bring may not be considered alongside more pressing economic needs. 1 It is made difficult for them not to ‘want’ to attract TNCs. Control of TNCs in developing countries is deliberately made lax, or even nonexistent. And governments may even turn a blind eye to the exploitation of their citizens by the TNCs they have courted. The corporations are powerful, have considerable knowledge and experience of producing goods and services, and are often in a position to mislead ministers and officials who make policy.

If everything is left to the private sector, the market will fail to deliver the food that is needed by hungry people. While governments have shown that in most cases they cannot run large-scale economic enterprises, many have jumped from one unsuitable vehicle (‘running it themselves’) into another (‘let foreigners run it’). This, however, could be even worse. TNCs can effectively turn developing countries into satellites of Western countries, seriously undermining national sovereignty and democracy.

This would ruin millions of livelihoods and seriously reduce food output and security. 11 Coexistence of the two is not possible; safe distances between GM crops and non-GM crops are increasingly an illusion. Winds, likely to become fiercer with climate change, are capable of blowing GM seed The Agri-Corporations • 33 over vast distances. Wheat farmers in North Dakota (USA), for example, who live almost 50 miles from the nearest GM canola (rapeseed), say that canola is a pest in their wheat fields.

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