WTO rulings hit farm subsidies

09/9/2004 | NYTimes.com

Decisions in two trade disputes before panels of the World Trade Organization were finalized yesterday, with Brazil winning its cases against cotton subsidies in the U.S. and sugar subsidies in the EU. "What we are seeing here is developing countries, led by Brazil, using the WTO to their own benefit. They are calling the big boys to account and forcing them to play by the rules," said Phil Bloomer of the development charity Oxfam International. U.S. officials said payments to cotton farmers were within permitted levels, adding the WTO ruling would be appealed.

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