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Trumped-up: EU-US trade deal spells climate disaster
The EU now imports 112 percent more US soy than a year ago, flooding the market to feed EU factory farms. Bad news for animal welfare, bad news for the environment.
US soy for producing biofuels, an ‘unsustainable’ giveaway to Trump
The European Commission is set to authorise imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. Soy has a comparably bad environmental impact as palm oil, say experts.
Jacinda Ardern hopeful of FTA with the EU by the end of the year
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a completed free trade deal with the EU by the end of 2019 is realistic, but New Zealand will still push hard for open access for agricultural products to the EU market.
Democracy instead of corporate power. Food sovereignty instead of free trade
Representatives from 17 farmer organizations from 7 European countries gathered here to denounce the EU’s current trade agenda.
Eating NAFTA: Trade, food policies, and the destruction of Mexico
In her new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico—food.
India must keep agriculture out of RCEP
India’s foray into the RCEP treaty is being seen as a risky adventure. More so at a time when agriculture is passing through a terrible agrarian crisis and manufacturing sector continues to limp
US agribusiness lobby calls on Trump to target UK food and environment rules in Brexit trade deal
American negotiators urged to push the UK into scrapping regulations on pesticides, genetically-modified crops, and the production of chicken and meat products
Bold farm plans in Mexico offer a ray of hope in 2019
Mexican farmers are on the verge of bold, new plans to completely transform their food and farm system. Will NAFTA 2.0 challenge them?
EU parliament backs Morocco deal despite row
Efforts to debate the agreement at the plenary were blocked amid political infighting on whether to support the agricultural pact, which seeks to extend into the disputed territory of the Western Sahara.
Our changing food trade landscape
How do new technologies and renegotiated supply management rules affect our food system? And, how do we move past the black/white, good/bad binaries that so often frame debates about trade-related issues?
US to seek comprehensive agriculture access in EU trade talks
The United States signalled it would not bow to the European Union’s request to keep agriculture out of planned US-EU trade talks.
EU trade chief says US talks will not include agriculture
The European Commission is preparing two mandates: one to cover removal of tariffs on industrial goods and another on areas of possible regulatory cooperation in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cyber security.
Why free trade will be a disaster for Africa
African countries, backed by the EU, want internal and external free trade, which will wreck local agriculture, and rural economies and societies.
Summary report of the public seminar "Supermarkets: today’s food source - Trends and impact"
The vast expansion of the supermarket sector has been supported by free trade agreements that have promoted the industrial system of food production and processing, regional and international “supply chains”.
US beef gains new market access in Morocco
Morocco has agreed to allow imports of US beef and beef products into Morocco, under the terms of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement.
US companies want Japan trade deal to cover services
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
US meat body outlines Japanese trade priorities
The North American Meat Institute called for US beef and pork exports to receive the same tariff benefits that have been granted to competitors under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Dairy push for Peru FTA to be signed
Failure to ratify the Peru-Australia free trade agreement this year will cause major agricultural industries to miss out on improved market access and tariff cuts, says the country’s peak dairy group.
Indonesia to ratify Pakistan trade deal to protect palm oil exports
The Indonesian government will push ahead and ratify a trade deal with Pakistan to protect $1.5 billion in annual palm oil exports to the South Asia nation, a cabinet minister said.
UPOV 91 and trade agreements: Compromising farmers’ right to save and sell seeds
Increased effort to include references to UPOV 91 in EU trade agreements impose intellectual property rights on seeds, which can restrict the farmers’ right to save and re-use seeds and undermine local seed systems