David Barsamian interviews Kristin Dawkins, senior fellow and policy analyst with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. The discussion centers on the GATT and NAFTA trade agreement negotiations and their implications for democracy in the US and around the world. The so-called regulations proposed by these agreements are really transnational corporations’ agenda for worldwide deregulation, especially in developing countries where certain natural resources are prized by agricultural and pharmaceutical companies. Dawkins explains the hostile trade relations between the US and Japan, how US overconsumption relates to the global environmental crisis, and how more equitable trade agreements should be developed with public input.
Kristin Dawkins is a leading expert on the politics of biotechnology and director of research and policy analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, where she directs work on ecological economics and the links between trade and environmental policy. She previously directed the Jobs in Energy Project in Philadelphia. She is the author of Gene Wars: The Politics of Biotechnology.