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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Say ATPDEA with Flowers


The Colombian government has sent flowers to Capitol Hill to press for renewal of a favorable trade agreement. But abuses of workers rights can’t hide behind bouquets.


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Rep. Sander Levin of the House Ways and Means Committee spoke against renewal of the Andean trade pact that favors Colombian and Ecuadorian flowers.

Photo: AFP

The government of Colombia delivered flowers to all members of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, lobbying for renewal of special trade status, the Wall St. Journal reports. The

Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which aimed to turn Colombian farmers away from drug production toward other industries and crops – like flowers – expired February 12. Without it, import duties will resume on a variety of Colombian products, from roses, to oil, to clothing.

The flowers came to Capitol Hill with a mildly threatening message attached:


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Posted by Julie on 03/30 at 06:40 PM
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