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RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare
Joining the RCEP would definitely have economic, social and environmental costs for India. Threats to the livelihoods of millions of farmers and workers due to cheaper imports are real and present danger.
Should Canada scrap its supply management system? No
In the current talks to renegotiate NAFTA, the US is demanding a significant increase in access to Canadian agricultural markets and the phasing out of tariffs. Effectively, this would mean the end of supply management.
Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?
As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
EU keen to get Mercosur deal over line as trade war with US ramps up
Talks on a trade deal between the EU and South American Mercosur bloc are heating up this summer.
Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic
A potential collision course between trade and investment agreements and public health measures could impact countries’ regulations of unhealthy food and drinks.
Author Raj Patel on the oligarchy of food
The economist says we can shake the yoke of corpocracies, reclaim our food supply and bring collective solutions to the table
FTA negotiations: EU beefs up trade talks with Australia
Farmers can look forward to greater access to the highly protected European Union, but it is still to be seen how big an impact a free trade agreement between Australia and the world’s largest trading bloc will have on the red meat industry.
States should be consulted before agreements are signed: CM
The Chief Minister of Kerela, state of India said in regard to ongoing RCEP trade negotiations that the union government should consult states before signing international agriculture trade agreement and free trade agreements.
China and France reach beef agreement
The two nations reached a health and safety accord, which will give the green light to France to export chilled and frozen beef to China.
Tunisia, Indonesia sign preferential trade agreement
Tunisia and Indonesia signed a preferential partnership agreement at the Tunisia-Indonesia Business Forum held in Tunis.
International trade pacts harming Kerala: Minister
International trade agreements signed by the Centre without taking the States into confidence are posing a serious crisis to farmers in the state of Kerala, India Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar has said.
Australia targets non-tariff measures in bid to secure FTA grain trade
A range of non-tariff measures (NTM) that can prevent the FTA functioning as imagined, Grain Trade Australia’s CEO says.
Chicken Kiev baron beats Brussels
Yuriy Kosyuk has found a cunning and completely legal way to bypass tough EU import restrictions.
Tough talk over medicine and cheese as Australia and Europe seek a $37b trade deal
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has promised to take a hard line with Europe on the question of cheap medicines and his counterpart Cecilia Malmström foresees “difficult” negotiations over Australian producers using European names such as "parmesan".
Red meat quotas a likely sticking point when NZ-EU FTA talks get underway
Agricultural exports into Europe look set to be a hurdle facing New Zealand diplomats when negotiations for free trade agreements with the European Union and Great Britain get started.
Activists sound alarm over trade deal
Groups say agreement will harm Thai agriculture and health, warn decision should be left to incoming elected government.
Singapore, Kenya ink two pacts to boost investment flows
Singapore and Kenya signed two agreements yesterday, a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTA), to promote greater investment flows.
Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership
Japan’s bicameral legislature, The Diet has approved a bill on to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition.
Beef lobby ramps up pressure on Mercosur
The Irish government will not block any future trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, despite intense lobbying by the farm organisations and meat processors.