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Analysis: Cows block path toward Canada-EU free trade deal
Salvaging a free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union after four years of talks will require skillful pasture politicking to pacify beef and dairy cow farmers who see more risk than opportunity.
Would TPP be good or bad to Vietnam’s agriculture?
Analysts have warned that Vietnam’s agriculture, which has been protected with the high import tariffs, would suffer from TPP once the import tariffs are removed
At trade talks, US, EU ready for fight on genetically modified crops
Opposition to US agricultural practices is threatening to become a major battle in discussions starting next month that could sweep away trade barriers between the United States and Europe.
Food and capitalism: a crisis of waste and destruction
Capitalism and the racing pace of technology at the service of maximizing profits have come together to form a super-crisis of waste and destruction. We can use corn as an example
Divide over beef last bridge to cross on road to EU trade pact
The European Union’s ambassador to Canada said special access for agriculture goods is the last obstacle to a trade deal between Brussels and Ottawa, and drew a line in the sand over how much market access the EU could offer Canadian beef producers.
EUWEP calls for fair trade, not free trade
EU egg producers have lobbied MEPs for fair trade, not free trade, highlighting that the egg industry would be disadvantaged if it isn’t given special protected status in any future trade agreements.
NZ-China agricultural agreement signed
NZ Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has signed a Strategic Plan on Promoting Agricultural Cooperation between New Zealand and China.
Japan’s rice lobby visits Capitol Hill to fight free trade pact
Rice is a staple food in Japan, but it is also a cultural staple — so much so, say opponents of a 12-nation­ free-trade agreement, that the values learned through rice farming keep the streets of Tokyo safe and the nation stable.
Cars and cattle clash on Japan free trade agreement
Australia’s meat exporters believe they are being sacrificed for the benefit of the car industry as negotiations for the Australia-Japan free trade agreement draw closer to conclusion.
China FTA abandoned
The Gillard government has abandoned a comprehensive free-trade agreement with China to focus on a "trimmed-down" agriculture deal, according to The Australian
Free trade agreements no farm saviour, analysts warn
FTAs will result in political agreements which won’t bring substantial tariff reductions on Australian agricultural goods
India-EU FTA: Dairy sector seeks insulation
India’s dairy industry, led by the country’s largest milk cooperative that owns the Amul brand, has opposed the proposed India-EU free trade agreement on the ground that it would led to subsidised dairy products from Europe flooding India.
Signs of progress as FTA talks loom
The European Commission will begin a week-long free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation with Thailand in Brussels in late May, the first round of official talks, with the hope of reaching an agreement in 18 months.
Japan, Australia achieve FTA breakthrough on farm products
Japan and Australia have reached a broad agreement on how to deal with farm products as they continue negotiations on a bilateral free-trade agreement, government sources said Sunday.
Amul requests for a relook at EU-India FTA
India’s largest dairy co-operative - Amul - has requested the commerce ministry to relook at the EU-India Free Trade Agreement.
Hokkaido predicts TPP will halve output of farm, forestry and fishery products
Hokkaido, Japan’s largest breadbasket prefecture, says its production of agricultural, forestry and fishery products will be halved to 524.1 billion yen if the country joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks and all relevant tariffs are lifted.
Japan may open beef in TPP trade talks, former adviser says
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may sacrifice barriers protecting Japan’s beef and wheat farmers as he joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, said a former government adviser on farm policy.
Farmers rally in Tokyo against Japan’s entry into TPP talks
Japan’s largest farm group rallied Tuesday in Tokyo to protest against the government’s entry into the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks.
Cargill settles NAFTA dispute with Mexico
Cargill has reached a settlement with Mexico in a dispute that resulted in a $77 million arbitration award for the US agribusiness company
CETA Investor-State Dispute Settlement process “anti-democratic, unnecessary and unfair,” says NFU
The National Farmers Union is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop negotiating an excessive and controversial investor rights chapter in the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).