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the world trade system: how it works and what’s wrong with it
Friends of the Earth International, August 2003: This report offers a deep analysis of the current drive to liberalise trade
promotes inequality, is undemocratic,
and degrades the environment, social
structures and cultural diversity. Critically,
the underlying principles on which
the free trade system is based are
fundamentally flawed. The present trading
system promotes the free movement of
goods, services and capital as a goal
in itself, rather than ensuring that such
international trade promotes sustainable
and equitable development.
Playing with Hunger: The reality behind the shipment of GMOs as food aid
Friends of the Earth International, July 2003: A controversy over genetically modified
(GM) food aid arose in 2000 and grew
increasingly in 2002, when several
Southern African countries refused GM
food aid during a food crisis. African
countries were presented with a false
choice of either accepting Genetically
Modified Organisms (GMOs) or watch-
ing people starve. This situation, where
GM food aid was presented often as the
only solution to hunger was advanced
primarily by the US which is also
aggressively marketing Genetically
Modified (GM) crops in developing
Stop playing with hunger! - factsheet
Friends of the Earth International, June 2003: The US Government is promoting GM crops as the primary
solution to improving food security and solving hunger in
developing countries. The US Administration and biotech corporations will be strongly
promoting GM crops at the Ministerial. Friends of the Earth opposes the Bush
administration position on this issue, and is calling on all Governments attending the
Ministerial to challenge US and corporate pressure to accept and promote GM food. This
paper exposes the problems around the shipment of US GM food aid to developing
countries and the hypocrisy behind the US Government argument that GM crops are
needed to solve hunger in Africa.
water for life and livelihoods: briefing paper
Friends of the Earth International, March 2003: This report is a detailed observation of the worlds growing crisis concerning fresh drinking water.
Summary of OED Draft Review of the World Bank Group’s Activities in the Extractive Industries: Factoring in Governance
Friends of the Earth International, January 2003: This report offers a devastating critique of the Bank’s basic strategy in the extractive industries in most of the countries in which it operates. If implemented, OED’s
recommendations would require a radical transformation of the Bank’s current operations
in the extractive industries.
water justice for all: global and local resistance to the control and commodification of water
Friends of the Earth International, January 2003: This report highlights the inequities in the way
that water is consumed around the world.
GMO contamination around the world - Second Edition
Friends of the Earth International, August 2002: This booklet addresses some of the challenges that genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) pose to all countries. It describes several cases of contamination of our
fields and the human food chain by a variety of GMOs not authorized or unregulated
under many regulatory frameworks in countries around the world. Finally, it contains
a brief summary of different testing methods available to monitor for the presence
'europe says ‘no’ to gmos'
Friends of the Earth International, December 2001: Since the 1990s, there has been growing public concern in Europe about the impact that GM crops will have on both the environment and public health. Environmental and consumer organizations, doctors, scientists, food processors and retailers, farmers, landowners, development agencies and the majority of European citizens have increasingly raised their concerns.
Protect yourself from destructive development: Handbook on JBIC's New Environmental and Social Guidelines
Mekong Watch & Friends of the Earth Japan, 2004: In developing countries today, there are many dams, power plants, irrigation
systems, roads, pipelines, and other large infrastructure projects being built.
Unfortunately, these projects sometimes cause problems for people who live
near them, or they destroy the environment. Sometimes people lose their homes
and land and must move to other places. Sometimes people lose their traditional
ways of life when their environments are destroyed. Sometimes the projects
damage people's health.
Some of these projects are financed by the Japanese government, and more
specifically, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation ( JBIC). JBIC is
the bank that the Japanese government uses to give loans to governments in
developing countries. JBIC also helps Japanese companies that are involved in
The purpose of this guide is to give you information about two tools you may
want to use if you are worried about projects financed by JBIC, or projects that
may be financed by JBIC in the future.
The European Investment Bank: Invisible power in the European Union - factsheet 1
The EIB Campaign Coalition
coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network
and Friends of the Earth International
2003: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is one
of the largest existing international financing
institutions, with project lending larger than
that of the World Bank.