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USDA trade undersecretary bullish on Central America
Trade mission to Guatemala yields fruitful meetings with conservative estimates of $30 million in new sales.
No free trade agreement if EU bans palm oil: Mah
Malaysia’s free trade agreement talks with the European Union (EU) must address trade barriers that discriminate palm oil because this is a priority, a Cabinet minister said.
USDA is pursuing trade agreements of all sizes as NAFTA negotiations continue
While NAFTA’s status remains in limbo, the US Department of Agriculture is “leaving no stone unturned” in its efforts to strike trade agreements with countries outside of North America that will benefit US farmers, ranchers and manufacturers of finished goods
Cargill executive stresses importance of NAFTA, TPP to US agriculture
The world is fed on trade and the United States must secure its place at the table with fair and sound trade policies, most notably NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), said a Cargill executive.
"Trade agreements do not build us" an interview with Justus Lavi
Under EPAs, small-scale farmers are disadvantaged.
The battle over TiSA: when everything is a service, a Trade in Services Agreement affects everyone
A new report reveals the scope of the corporate power grab through a close examination of TiSA’s potential impact on workers across the IUF sectors and TiSA’s broader implications for the labour movement, society and democratic governance.
Activists: Palm oil must not get wider access to EU under Indonesia trade talks
Environmental activists have called for the issue of palm oil to be excluded from discussions taking place this week between the Indonesian government and a European Union trade delegation.
Washington wheat growers warn Trump TPP withdrawal could prove catastrophic
The wheat growers’ leadership and staff continue to stress the importance of maintaining and strengthening free trade agreements, such as TPP, NAFTA and the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Red tape in the meat industry? It’s the difference between life and death
Without regulations that scrutinise food standards and trade deals, we cannot trust the safety of the food on our plates.
’Dirty meat’: Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants
Previously unseen government records detail ‘deeply worrying’ incidents in pork and poultry plants, raising fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering the UK under a post-Brexit trade deal.
French farmers hold tractor protests in Mercosur warning to Macron
French farmers drove tractors through town centres and blocked highways to oppose extra agricultural imports from South America, raising pressure on President Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to a politically sensitive Paris farm show.
Mercosur, EU to restart free trade negotiations Wednesday
European Union and Mercosur representatives are pressed to close a deal before the upcoming Brazilian general elections.
12 reasons why we say NO to the Mercosur – European Union free trade agreement
We invite you to add your signatures to this document.
Civil society set out demands at EU-Indonesia trade negotiations
The next round of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Indonesia start today in Solo, Indonesia. Civil society organisations from Europe and Indonesia, including Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth Indonesia, will meet in parallel to discuss the consequences of a potential agreement.
Indigenous and human rights defenders visiting the EU call for stronger rights protections in agro-commodity business and policies for deforestation-free trade and investment
Citing outcomes from a major trade and human rights forum backed by findings from comprehensive new report, delegation demands political action during visits to Amsterdam, Hague, Brussels and London.
Resist a US trade deal. Your life may depend on it
We cannot trust our government to fight America’s disgusting farming practices. Unless we mobilise, US livestock pumped full of antibiotics will harm us all.
Tea growers demanded renegotiation of ASEAN– India FTA agreement
Large portion of Indian tea sector is skeptical about outcome of free trade agreement of India with ASEAN countries. After the agreement comes into full effect, duty cut in import of the green beverage is feared to cause severe adverse impact on Indian tea production sector.
Over come RCEP, bring Apple under special category product: Rakesh Singha to Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, India
CPI(M) member of Assembly Rakesh Singha on Monday urged the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur that he should take up the matter with the Union Government so that Himachali Apple could be brought under Special Category product to over come duty free import of apple to Indian markets.
Grain exports surging because of free trade deals
Free trade agreement FTA partners purchased half of all exports of feed grains in all forms in 2016-17, according to the US Department of Agriculture trade data and analysis by the US Grains Council.
Kerala fears zero tariff under RCEP may hit domestic dairy industry
Kerala has raised concern over the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement between 16 Asian-Pacific countries on the ground that it would impact the country’s dairy sector.