KRC Trade Policy Guideline
The Kansas Rural Center understands that trade between nations can be of benefit to all. KRC also recognizes that trade can be extremely disruptive to local economies, ecosystems and cultures. Trade in agricultural products should be used to increase wide spread prosperity for family farmers in rural areas, both here and abroad. To the extent rural areas are treated as economic, environmental and cultural sacrifice zones by economic interests, then trade becomes a detriment.
KRC endorses these guidelines:
1. Trade policies should not distort world markets by encouraging surplus production of commodities.
2. Trade policies should have a positive impact on local economies, the environment, and rural communities.
3. Trade negotiations should be transparent and democratic with a commitment to fair trade with those nations and constituencies that have the greatest needs or are hindered by an imbalance of power in trade negotiations.
4. Trade policies should not compel nations to accept technologies, practices, or products they consider unacceptable.
(Adopted by Board on February 4, 2006)