It's not the usual fodder for protest, but here are major issues facing trade ministers from 135 nations at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle this week:
The European Union says its massive farm subsidies are needed to preserve rural communities and jobs and to ensure food safety. The U.S., Australia, Canada and other countries say the subsidies are unfair because they create artificially low prices, undercutting producers in other countries.
URUGUAY ROUND ASSESSMENT
Developing countries are reluctant to expand trade further because they are unhappy with the results of the Uruguay Round of trade talks that finished in 1994. They want greater access to U.S. and European markets for textiles and apparel before they open their markets further to developed-country goods.
Japan and developing countries want a review of anti-dumping measures, which allow countries to protect themselves from being flooded with cheap imports. This is opposed by the United States.