African Cotton Farmers Need You

Originally posted on June 26, 2003 8:43 PM

I received the following in email today, and thought I'd post it here so that any Coldplay fans who support their causes in addition to their music could do their part:

In 2001, 10 US cotton giants received almost $17 million in government handouts.

It's thanks to such generous handouts that big US cotton farms are able to sell their cotton at rock bottom prices; undercutting millions of African cotton farmers who, without the benefit of million dollar handouts, simply can't compete.

So while US cotton subsidies mean big bucks for big business in the US, they spell ruin for millions of African cotton farmers. It doesn't sound very fair does it? It isn't, but now's your chance to do something about it.

Email Bush NOW and demand an end to unfair cotton subsidies.

George Bush is planning a whistle stop tour of Africa at the beginning of July. African cotton farmers will be protesting, calling for an end to unfair US subsidies which are devastating their livelihoods. Join them – Email Bush NOW and demand an end to unfair cotton subsidies.

Best wishes

Alison Woodhead, Trade Campaign Coordinator

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