Resolution for Doubling Food Production and Leaving WTO
Introduced in Michigan
A resolution to memorialize the U.S. Congress to
adopt new agricultural policies that maximize food production,
and to call for the United States to withdraw from the World
Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA), was introduced into the Michigan State House
of Representatives May 22, by Democrat LaMar Lemmons. House
Resolution 0379, which already has four cosponsors, has been
referred to the Committee on Agriculture.
A similar resolution passed the Alabama House of
Representatives on May 19.
The Michigan resolution notes that "the world is undergoing
a food crisis of unparalleled proportions," that "free trade
policies, as promoted by the World Trade Organization, NAFTA,
CAFTA, and other institutions, are responsible for the United
States and other nations possibly losing the ability to feed
their populations," and that the crisis has been exacerbated by
the conversion of farmland to biofuels.
After citing the fact that "doubling U.S. food production,
ceasing payments to farmers and others that encourage the
production of corn for ethanol rather than food, and paying
farmers parity prices to carry out these policies would both feed
our own people and could be used to help feed many other parts of
the world," the resolution reads:
"Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we
memorialize the Congress of the United States to adopt emergency
measures that would double U.S. food produciton and to cancel
immediately its membership in the World Trade Organization and
the North American Free Trade Agreement, and instead, move to
initiate normal bilateral trade agreements with other sovereign
nation-states, consistent with past national policy."