Blog Posts: Food and agriculture

GMO Regulation: Find Out Why the U.S. Finally Joined the International Fray

With the signing of a new law on July 29th, President Obama created the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, adding an amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and bringing the U.S. forward in the recent trend of GMO regulation. The international community, however, has been addressing biosafety concerns related to GMOs for over a decade. This blog compares the new law with international standards and the Cartagena Protocol.
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No Comments | Posted by Amanda L. Aragon on Sat. October 1, 2016 11:14 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, GMO

Kanpai! TPP could help Japanese craft brewers and U.S. grain growers

Japan's most widely available beers are clear, medium-bodied lagers, but its beer market is infamously opaque for craft brewers and importers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would probably open that market for a wider variety of brews, especially those that use imported wheat and barley.

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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Thu. February 18, 2016 2:05 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Japan, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

WTO Moves to Reel in Fishy Subsidies

A new, collaborative approach by the WTO's Ministerial Conference may help convince more of the organization's members to support a ban on subsidies that facilitate ecologically harmful overfishing.
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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Sun. February 14, 2016 12:50 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Japan, Natural resources, World Trade Organization

WTO ruling threatens U.S. labels on dolphin-free tuna

The WTO Appellate Body recently declared the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program for canned tuna discriminatory against Mexican tuna imports and in violation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Sat. January 9, 2016 12:38 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Mexico, Natural resources, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States, World Trade Organization

Proposed GMO opt-outs would threaten EU's single market

A proposed EU law would allow individual member states to restrict sales of genetically-modified foods within their borders. The European Parliament recently put the proposal on ice, but EU leaders should instead put it in the compost bin. The law would create uncertainty for food processors and threaten Europe's "single market", one of the Union's most important institutions.


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Tue. November 10, 2015 10:05 PM
Categories: European Union, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

Antidumping Laws Considered

On Friday, November 14, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) found importers from China and Indonesia in violation of anti-dumping regulations for selling monosodium glutamate (MSG) at unfairly low prices in the United States. The large discrepancy between Ajinomoto’s alleged margins and Commerce’s final margins, as well as the discrepancy between initial and final margins for the China MSG, highlight a concern many have when it comes to antidumping laws: distortion of the market.


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No Comments | Posted by Matthew P. Margiotta on Wed. November 26, 2014 3:29 PM
Categories: China, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, United States

Sneak Preview: The Limits of Regulatory Science in the Governance of Transgenic Plant Agriculture and Food Systems

The current national and transnational regulatory and policy framework for transgenic plant agriculture and food is arguably largely defined by science. Notably, transgenic plant agriculture policy deference to science is ostensibly premised on the general perception that science is neutral, objective, reliable, and agnostic. This is exemplified by cases that range from Alliance for Bio-integrity v Donna Shalala, European Communities: Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products, to European Commission v Republic of Poland, in which conscientious, ethical, religious, and cultural oppositional grounds to transgenic plant agriculture and food were trumped by scientific imperatives. However, the lack of unanimity of views amongst scientists on...


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Fri. April 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Food and agriculture, International Law

Sneak Preview: International Sugar Trade

“You can’t expect both ends of a sugar cane are as sweet.” – Chinese Proverb

This ancient Chinese proverb holds true for not only the varying degrees of sweetness at the ends of a sugar cane, but also for the realities of the international sugar trade. Sugar as a commodity is a major player in the agricultural sector, and the price of sugar impacts markets worldwide.


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Mon. March 10, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Free Trade, United Nations

Consumer Awareness as Part of the Solution to Imported Food Safety

Pharmaceutical outsourcing poses a range of regulatory and safety problems, according to one expert. 


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No Comments | Posted by Susan Park on Mon. March 25, 2013 9:18 PM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Medical Markets, Symposium

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