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KORUS FTA causes major losses to Korean red meat, soybean industry
South Korea’s agriculture, livestock, and seafood industries suffered around one trillion won (about $1 billion) in production losses in the five years after the South Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) took effect, a report shows.
New law and trade agreement will diminish farmers’ control over seeds
An amendment recently introduced in Thai parliaments will take seeds out of the hands of women, farmers and indigenous peoples who have kept seeds, shared seeds and developed a wealth of local knowledge on plant varieties— and put them instead in the hands of large corporations.
International day of peasants’ struggles 2018: La Via Campesina calls for the coordination of decentralised, united action!
For land and for life! Enough free trade agreements, enough impunity!
US-Bahrain food export agreement signed
Bahrain has agreed to continue to recognize US safety certifications for American food and agriculture exports to the Gulf nation.
Trade Minister plans to retaliate to EU ban on CPO
Trade Minister asked for permission to retaliate to countries barring the use of Indonesian crude palm oil.
Could India be the Trump administration’s first FTA?
USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney has been to India twice, each time highlighting the opportunities to improve the trading relationship between the two countries.
US Fruit exports to South Korea surged 140% since FTA effectutation
A new report finds that US fruit exports to South Korea surged 140 percent since the 2012 effectuation of the two nations’ bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Feeding obesity in Trump’s new NAFTA
This anti-labeling policy is unnecessary and inappropriate in a trade agreement, and it’s downright dangerous for our nation’s health.
Progress made on biotech during seventh NAFTA round
Negotiators closed the chapter on good regulatory practices, the sixth chapter to be completed. They have also finished on the sanitary-phytosanitary measures chapter. All three countries also agreed to establish a formal energy chapter.
Moon says revised KORUS FTA will benefit both countries
South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed the recently concluded negotiations between his country and the United States to revise their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) Monday, saying it will benefit both countries.
Japan may be forced into bilateral trade deal with US: ex-IMF exec
Japan will have little choice but to enter into a bilateral trade deal with the United States similar to one President Donald Trump clinched with South Korea, a former top Japanese currency diplomat said.
Canada rejects US food packaging proposals in NAFTA talks
Canada’s chief representative stated that the proposals regarding food packaging brought up by the United States are not acceptable to his country, which wants to retain the ability to put warning labels on junk food to combat obesity.
Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) increased caloric intake in Canada
New study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates these changes corresponded with increased US exports and investment in the Canadian food and beverage sector.
Across China: Chinese agricultural firms expand along Belt and Road
As the Belt and Road Initiative pushes ahead, China is encouraging its agricultural firms to expand overseas and promote agricultural trade with countries and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.
Europeans say significant obstacles remain to Mercosur trade deal
An EU diplomat said Mercosur resistance to European proposals on automobile exports and geographic product indicators were also sticking points.
In Nafta talks, US tries to limit junk food warning labels
The contentious negotiations over the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement have veered into one of the world’s most pressing health issues: fighting obesity.
Geographical indications: EU digs in on FTA until label issue resolved
There will be no Australia-­European Union free-trade deal unless Europe wins exclusive use of key food and wine names, a top European official has warned.
Narendra Modi may decide on course of RCEP trade talks
The development comes after a meeting convened by the prime minister’s office saw growing opposition to RCEP FTA from the secretaries of various government departments
UK defies EU over Indonesian palm oil trade, leaked papers show
UK is pushing for a deal that would boost imports linked to deforestation despite EU moves to ban unsustainable palm oil, diplomatic papers reveal.
Palm oil issue must be resolved ahead of Asean-EU FTA, says Mah
Palm oil would be at the top of Malaysia’s agenda on its free trade talks under the Asean with the European Union (EU).