Guatemala's cotton

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  • Guatemala's Cotton
    • Social
      • This paid for pesticides, machines and equipment
        • In the 80's 75% of the cotton crop was exported
      • Could grow more crops to feed population
        • Only 1% of land used for cotton would be needed to produce same income
    • Political
      • Trade arrangements made it difficult - tied to exporting raw cotton
        • TNC's now import cotton into Guatemala for workers in factories to produce T-shirts for overseas markets
    • Economic
      • In the 80's 75% of the cotton crop was exported
      • If they had processed the raw cotton into clothes and transported them they would have earned more
      • Only 1% of land used for cotton would be needed to produce same income
    • Environmental
      • Deforestation in the Peten rainforest for more land
      • Demographic
        • 50% employed in agriculture

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