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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.
Australia’s ’hormone beef’ not to Brexit Britain’s taste: report
One of Australia’s supposed key demands for a free trade deal with the UK – their agreeing to buy our hormone-treated beef – is “almost impossible” for the UK to agree to, according to a new report by an anti-Brexit think tank.
EU and Mercosur aim to settle GI protection in renewed trade talks
The EU and the Mercosur countries have started a fresh round of trade discussions in which both parties seek to strike an agreement on the key aspects of Geographical Indications and tariff reductions for car exports.
NAFTA has hammered rural communities
NAFTA has hammered rural communities by aiding the consolidation of corporate power over agriculture by restricting choice and threatening our federal, state and local sovereignty over ag policy.
US farmers up in arms over additives ban
US pork producers want Thailand penalised.
Grain and cropping sector welcomes trade negotiations
GrainGrowers urges the Australian Government to negotiate a comprehensive and high-quality trade agreement with the EU that improves market access and facilitates efficient trade.
EU upbeat on Indonesia-EU CEPA deal amid palm oil issue
The European Union believes ongoing debate over palm oil with Indonesia will not hamper the progress of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA).
Trade deals with Australia and New Zealand could cause chaos for Irish agriculture
This week’s confirmation that the European Union (EU) is to commence trade talks with Australia and New Zealand has bad news written all over it from the perspective of Irish agriculture.
What the TPP means for dairy
With the Federal Parliament expected to ratify Australia’s involvement in a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the end of the year, it is worth having a look at what it means for the dairy industry.
Trade deal with European Union could raise a stink over rights to naming cheese
New Zealand dairy companies could lose the right to use terms such as Feta, Parmesan, Brie and Camembert if a free trade deal goes ahead with the European Union.
Specialty cheesemakers ’worse off’ in EU trade deal
An award-winning cheese producer says a trade deal with the European Union will hurt the specialty cheese industry.
September 10 | International day against WTO and free trade agreements
In memory of farmer Lee and the continuing struggles of peasants in resisting the neo-liberal agenda of WTO, La Via Campesina marks September 10 as the International Day Against WTO and Free Trade Agreements.
US-China talk about beef
Following a 2003 ban on US beef due to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease, China has allowed boneless US beef from cattle under 30 months back in since last June.
US-UK FTA could ’destroy large parts of British farming’, report warns
A new study has highlighted major concerns surrounding a potential UK and US free trade deal, saying it could "destroy large parts of British farming".
NAFTA 2.0, junk food labeling and public health
NAFTA 2.0 could effectively prevent all three governments from adopting some of the most effective public health policies to reduce obesity and prevent related health conditions.
EU/New Zealand free trade agreement must meet meat sector concerns, say experts
With a new European Union EU/New Zealand customs agreement coming into force, EU farm body Copa-Cogeca has warned that anticipated follow-up trade talks should not boost NZ access to EU meat markets.
Swiss farmers dig in against South American trade deal
The Swiss Farmers’ Union, on the other hand, has made its position very clear: it is against a free-trade deal.
EU, Mercosur end trade round with little progress, more blaming - Beef volumes ’agreed’
The European Union and Latin American bloc Mercosur have made some progress on how to open their markets to cars, but ended free trade talks in Brussels with finger-pointing about who was holding up a deal.
Mexico wins ‘cheese war’ over Europe in trade deal
Europe did not gain exclusive rights for Spain’s La Mancha farmers to use Manchego, which has protected geographical status in the EU.
Scots call for halt to EU’s Mercosur trade talks
Scottish farm leaders have urged the European Commission to postpone its “reckless” trade negotiations with the Mercosur block of South American countries because of fears over the damage it could inflict on the beef sector.