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Food safety and GMOs in the “new NAFTA”
The proposed new NAFTA, dubbed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would expedite exports and imports of food and agricultural products, purportedly based on “scientific principles” and “science-based decision making.”
CARICOM to ‘make agriculture great again’
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is actively working with agriculture to help the industry regain its importance to the region which has been in decline over the years, Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque has said.
New briefing note – agricultural investments under international investment law
The number of known investment treaty claims concerning agricultural investments has grown rapidly in recent years. This new briefing note from IIED, IISD and CCSI helps policy makers navigate the challenges.
NZ plays down threat to European agri interests in FTA talks
New Zealand trade negotiators are trying to get their European counterparts to recognise that the nation’s agricultural exports are small-fry in comparison to the regional bloc’s farming sector.
US farm chief wants ‘TPP-plus trade deal’
US Agriculture Secretary indicated his desire to demand Japan open its markets more than the extent agreed under the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its economic partnership agreement with the European Union.
’New NAFTA’ falls flat for farmers, food advocates
The reworked agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada neglects the demands of farm groups.
’This is life or death for us’: Mexico’s farm movement rejects new NAFTA agreement
Leaders of Mexico’s farm movement strongly condemned the new NAFTA, calling on the new president they supported in recent elections to get involved and slow the race to the new agreement.
Despite seed concerns, CPTPP study to proceed
Thai farmers and civil society organisations vented their concerns about the impact of the new pact’s IP chapter that prevents them from saving and reusing seeds that contain patented plant material.
Palm oil to remain part of free trade talks despite opposition
The Swiss Senate has narrowly voted against proposals to exclude palm from any free trade agreement with Malaysia and Indonesia.
Palm oil lobbyist negotiates with Bern
The chief negotiator of Indonesia sits on the board of directors of the Indonesian company Astra Agro Lestari, one of the country’s largest palm oil producers.
Japan mulls bilateral trade deal with US: Nikkei
Japan is mulling a bilateral trade agreement with the United States that would lower tariffs on US agriculture imports in exchange for avoiding higher tariffs on Japanese autos.
Un accord de libre-échange Suisse-Indonésie serait à bout touchant
L’Indonésie n’exige plus l’abolition de droits de douane à l’importation de son huile de palme, produit contesté en Suisse, et accepte des règles strictes en matière de propriété intellectuelle.
Indonesia concludes negotiations on FTA with Australia
The Indonesia-Australia agreement provides preferential access for a number of Australian agricultural products. It also provides a framework for addressing non-tariff measures.
Canada ready to allow US dairy access in NAFTA talks: sources
Canada is ready to offer the United States limited access to the Canadian dairy market as a concession in negotiations to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Talks over trade deal with South Americans continue amid opposition from EU farmers
EU Commission officials are in Montevideo in Uruguay to reconvene the trade talks with the Mercosur trading bloc.
Dairy farmers protest as NAFTA talks continue
Some 300 farmers from across Canada took to the streets of Montreal to demand the Trudeau government make good on its promise to defend supply management.
Global day of action against WTO and free trade agreements – Call to mobilise!
WTO and a host of multi-lateral and bilateral Free Trade Agreements have created criminal levels of inequality.
Commission proposes to redistribute beef quota to please the US
The European Commission proposed a redistribution of the existing quota for hormone-free beef in order to address longstanding demands from the US to increase its exports within the agreed limits.
NAFTA deal close, but obstacles remain
US and Canada officials continue to meet but there are three key issues to resolve: dairy, intellectual property, dispute settlement.
Grain growers, cattlemen big winners in free trade deal with Indonesia
The free trade agreement with Indonesia is set to give grain growers new avenues into their biggest wheat market and put cattle producers in northern Australia on their strongest footing since 2011.