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Soy growers join new NAFTA initiative
The American Soybean Association supports the Americans for Farmers & Families, a new coalition of growers, producers, suppliers and consumers dedicated to preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Palm oil ban puts EU-Malaysia FTA at risk
The European Union Parliament’s vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2021 has cast a cloud over the ongoing free trade negotiations between Malaysia and the 28-member bloc.
Bacon with banned additive among risks of US-UK trade deal
Soil Association issues top 10 food safety concerns posed by a transatlantic free-trade deal.
Incoherence and uncertainty: Trump’s trade policy
The actions of the Trump Administration and Congress have, in one year, established a pattern of cynical disregard for rural communities, hostility toward science, and an unbridled scorn for the principles and practice of democratic governance.
TPP seen critical for beef sales growth in Japan
The beef export from Canada to Japan and other parts of Asia has increased significantly. But, if Canada chooses to opt out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canadian beef producers could lose millions of dollars.
Turkey, Somalia sign Economic Partnership Agreement
Last week, Turkey and Somalia signed economic partnership agreement.The countries also came to an understanding on fishing and fisheries. Under this, Turkish fishermen will be able to fish in Somalia’s territorial waters.
Risks for agriculture in developing countries of new e-commerce rules
Reliance on digital technologies can further concentrate the market dominance of vertically integrated agribusinesses and transnational corporations who control national and global supply chains.
Agriculture Minister heads to India to resolve pulse tariff dispute, but warns ’megaphone diplomacy’ won’t work
Australia’s Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud will travel to India in an attempt to resolve a dispute over tariffs on Australian chickpeas and lentils.
Cheap Chinese apples sour J&K fruit
China’s new zero-import duty policy threatens to sour Kashmir’s famed apples for farmers. China’s proposal which falls under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)’s ambit of a free-trade pact, could sound the death knell for the Rs 7,000 crore fruit industry.
Cheese is the beef as EU-Mexico trade talks resume
The EU and Mexico resumed talks aimed at sealing a new version of their 18-year-old trade deal, a project that has hit several snags — including the touchy issue of cheese.
A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right
We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.
TPP sows fear in Japan’s agriculture industry
As the resurrected TPP moves forward, Japanese consumer groups and farmers fear the effects.Many argue that seeds are likely to become more expensive by the proposed abolishment of the Seed Law.
Japan wheat market to tighten
US wheat growers are likely to lose some market share in Japan in the coming years because of a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union, and the newly constituted Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new USDA report warns.
Japan’s farm output to take ¥150 billion hit after new Pacific trade deal’s effects kick in: estimates
Japan’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries output will suffer by up to ¥150 billion ($1.3 billion) once the effects of an 11-member Pacific Rim free trade agreement kick in
EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate
The emphasis on production and international consumption could greatly increase the need for agricultural land in Latin America, and result in a major increase in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, and Argentine Chaco.
NAFTA, no NAFTA, or worse: TPP via NAFTA?
NAFTA has failed family farmers, as well as workers and our environments, in all three NAFTA countries. Why the rush to complete negotiations in a matter of months for a NAFTA 2.0 based on the same failed policies?
Korea to protect agro products in FTA renegotiation
The government will protect sensitive industries such as agriculture in the upcoming negotiation with the United States over revision of the bilateral trade pact.
Trade agreements that impact seed laws in Africa
Free trade agreements represent a powerful source of pressure to privatise seeds and people’s knowledge connected to seeds.
KORUS FTA having negative impact on South Korean agriculture
The damage to the overall agricultural sector during the five years since the KORUS FTA took effect has been “broad and deep” across nearly all products.
EU-Mercosur talks hit snags, announcement could be delayed
Free-trade talks between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur still face hurdles over beef and ethanol.