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Add in the ecological and resource-sharing problems when coffee plantations have been grubbed up to free land for flowers, green beans, lettuces, all requiring irrigation in countries that are short of water.

Unfortunately, it can happen easily when farmers have already been for years (even generations) in a colonial cash-crop system (coffee). Tell them they can make more per acre with another crop, and they'll go there all the more readily that they're accustomed to working for export only.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Apr 14th, 2008 at 03:46:45 AM EST
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