The costs of importing non-native foodstuffs:
Despite the call to vegans in the headline, this is an issue that effects all eaters as international lands are stripped to feed the appetites of more wealthy nations. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken.
posted by weeyin
on Jan 17, 2013 -
ABC News issues a "Made in America" Christmas challenge. The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates. If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create 4.6 million jobs. But it doesn't even have to be that big. If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs. [more inside]
posted by Brian B.
on Nov 24, 2012 -
tibetan yak butter, reindeer hash, crocodile paté, and smoked cobra. All this and more at edible.com
posted by crunchland
on Sep 5, 2003 -
Bush imposes import tariffs on steel, something I didn't really expect coming from the administration. Dangerous precedent or useful bulwark against laissez-faire globalization?
posted by kliuless
on Mar 5, 2002 -
Last week, the WTO ruled
against a corporate welfare program for US exporters (again
). This week, a Canadian hemp company claims
the US owes them US$20m under NAFTA for harrassment and impinging on future returns.
posted by raaka
on Jan 23, 2002 -