Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO
By Lori Wallach and Patrick Woodall of Public Citizen
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Many people are surprised when they learn that trade is only a small element of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
But the World Trade Organization - and the army of rules that it presides over - actually covers a huge array of subjects never included in trade agreements before. The new agreements that were born with the WTO almost nine years ago included one-size-fits-all rules interfering with food safety standards, environmental laws, social service policies, intellectual property standards, government procurement rules, and more.
Whose Trade Organization? is the definitive guide to the nine-year reign of the undemocratic "trade" regime that has sparked protests from Seattle to Quebec to Genoa. With case-by-case studies, the book exposes the lopsided agreements and secret tribunals that are the tools of the WTO's trade, and reveals the aggressive corporate agenda at its core.
Summaries of key findings:
- It's Not All About Trade
- For Richer or Poorer: Facts and Fiction about Trade and Economic Gains in the Developed World and Economic Results of the WTO in the U.S.
- Warning: The WTO can be Hazardous to Public Health
- The WTO on Agriculture: Food as a Commodity, Not a Right
- The WTO's Coming to Dinner and Food Safety is Not on the Menu
- The WTO's Controversial Dispute Settlement Procedure
- The WTO and the Developing World: Do As We Say, Not As We Did
- The WTO's Environmental Impact: First, Gattzilla Ate Flipper