January 20, 2020

Ag Economy; Food Labeling; and, Immigration

Agricultural Economy- Trade

Joshua Chaffin and James Politi reported last week at The Financial Times Online that, “The faultlines over a proposed EU-US trade agreement came into sharp focus on Thursday as the European Parliament backed French demands to exclude cultural fare from a pact as US farmers blasted Europe’s safety standards as protectionist.

“The contrasting positions were a reminder of the entrenched disagreements that negotiators will have to overcome if they are to deliver an agreement that has received political backing at the highest levels on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The two sides are hoping to begin negotiations in July for an agreement that is being counted on to boost economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic and be a benchmark for the technical and legal standards for future trade agreements.”