Trade (2006)

WHEREAS, current U.S. trade policies and proposed trade agreements have not resulted in the fair trade of agricultural products, improved agricultural commodities prices, better food health and safety or reduced hunger; and

WHEREAS, proponents of free trade have consistently over-estimated the potential benefits of U.S. agricultural exports in virtually every proposed trade agreement, the promise usually far exceeds the performance; and

WHEREAS, U.S. negotiators are willing to trade away the interests of U.S. farmers and ranchers to the benefit of agri-business, non-agricultural sectors and developing countries at the current World Trade Organization negotiations; and

WHEREAS, the current proposal by the U.S. trade negotiators will dictate future domestic farm policy, which is the role of Congress, not the U.S. trade representatives.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Texas Farmers Union is strongly opposed and is disappointed with the ratification of the CAFTA agreement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Texas Farmers Union strongly opposes the current U.S. WTO trade proposal and future negotiations which do negotiate all factors of trade, not just domestic support, export subsidies and market access; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Texas Farmers Union calls for an immediate halt in current trade negotiations that perpetuates the race to the bottom of agriculture commodity prices. Any future trade agreement must address differences in labor standards, environmental standards and currency manipulation; furthermore the agreements must provide the opportunity for farmers and ranchers to receive a fair price.

Texas Farmers Union, P.O. Box 738, Sweetwater, Tx 79556