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Stopping the race to the bottom in trade policy
Agribusiness giant Bayer/Monsanto claims that Mexico’s proposed restrictions on the active ingredient in its Roundup herbicide violate the country’s trade agreement with the US.
Brazil and Britain sign "Poison Memorandum"
Brazil and the United Kingdom created a joint committee to facilitate the relationship in agribusiness.
Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban
Internal USTR communications lay out how the agrochemical industry is “pushing” for the US to fold this issue into the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The EU-Mercosur agreement: increasing pesticide use and GMOs, and undermining healthy food production and standards
The EU-Mercosur agreement is inconsistent with the EU’s recently announced Farm-to-Fork Strategy, which aims to dramatically reduce pesticide use and completely ban any residue on food of pesticides not registered for use in the EU.
It’s not just chlorinated chickens: there’s still nothing appetising about a UK-US trade deal
How America’s low-welfare standards could wreck the UK’s farming and food industry.
Campaigners in last-ditch push to protect farming standards post-Brexit
Farmers say UK food safety and animal welfare could be compromised as agriculture bill returns to parliament
It’s not just about the chlorinated chicken – the potential dangers of an UK-US trade deal
Panelists highlighted the risks a UK-US trade deal posed to food standards, workers’ rights and the environment.
Taiwan opposition pushes pork referendum, could threaten US trade deal
Taiwan’s main opposition party began a push for a referendum to block the easing of restrictions on US pork imports, which if passed could threaten a long-mooted free trade deal with the US.
US to launch new annual economic dialogue with Taiwan
The United States will hold a new annual senior-level economic dialogue with Taiwan to strengthen bilateral economic ties, after Taiwan pledged last week it would open its market to previously banned categories of American pork and beef.
Pig farmers protest government move to ease imported pork restrictions
Some 200 pig farmers and workers staged a protest in front of the Yunlin County government building to oppose the central government’s decision to allow imports of US pork containing the controversial veterinary drug ractopamine.
Taiwan paves way for US trade deal by easing pork, beef imports
Taiwan paved the way for an eventual free trade deal with the United States by announcing an easing of restrictions on the import of US beef and pork.
Why food blocks a British-American trade deal: It’s a pig of a problem
America regards Brexit as an opportunity to export pork and chicken, among other foods, across the Atlantic. Many Britons do not like that idea.
US trade deal ’could pose greatest risk to UK food since BSE crisis’
Consumer group Which? is warning the government not to allow in chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef.
Cabinet unrest over U-turn on animal welfare in US trade talks
Leaked letter instructs ministers to have ‘no specific policy’ on the issue.
Government ready to open British markets to chlorinated chicken for US trade deal
The move would represent a significant loosening of the current situation where complying with high European welfare and sanitary standards for food are a requirement across a wide range of foods.
Trade war: UK government blasted for ’unacceptable’ aspect of US trade negotiations
The UK Department for International Trade has been blasted for its claims that the UK has enough trading clout to assert itself in US trade talks, amid concerns.
Revealed: US meat lobby working to ditch chlorinated chicken ban in UK trade talks
A powerful lobby group representing the United States’ largest chicken producers is working to demand that a post-Brexit trade deal eliminates the UK’s ban on chlorinated chicken imports.
Divisions open over ‘lower agriculture standards’ in future US-UK pact
The UK government is preparing to offer increased access to the UK market for US agriculture exports and possibly lower the bar on environmental and health standards.
A fast track to weaker food standards
Will the EU concede to the demands of US negotiators on food standards? The Commission can in fact circumvent the mandate by using other methods that make it much easier to weaken standards.
Poultry state congressmen pressure trade talks to get American chicken into UK
The mostly poultry state congressmen outlined the trade barriers U.S. producers currently face and called for the inclusion of US poultry products in any new US-UK trade agreement.