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India-EU FTA talks’ revival likely to be delayed
Deal’s fate rests on ‘talks about talks’ between senior officials as EU demands greater flexibility on imports.
Georgia begins round two of free trade talks EFTA
The third round of negotiations between Georgia and EFTA will be held in February 2016.
Death on a plate: TTIP, meat inspections and your food
’Death on a plate: TTIP, meat inspections and your food’ features the testimony of a mother whose daughter died from eating contaminated meat and comments by a government meat inspector and others in the food industry.
State’s leadership on healthy food and farming at risk under proposed trade deals
U.S. negotiators are looking to wrap up two new massive trade agreements that could threaten the continued viability of labeling laws to educate and protect consumers and support local food systems.
The TPP SPS chapter: not a “model for the rest of the world”
SPS provisions in TPP will further weaken and possibly conflict with global standards setting bodies on food and plant safety.
Secret TPP text unveiled: it’s worse than we thought
Long-awaited text reveals gaps between Administration claims and actual TPP terms on key public concerns
In brief – TTIP: where we stand
TTIP negotiation round 11 was held in Miami, Florida: short overview of where we stand in the negotiations, issue area by issue area.
S. Korea, China ink MOU to tackle non-tariff barriers
South Korea and China have agreed to tackle the issue of non-tariff barriers following their signing of a free trade agreement (FTA)
Why EU’s and US’ new trade deal threatens progressive business
In the EU, representatives from parts of the chemical and pesticide industry have used TTIP to fiercely lobby against stronger protections from hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
AFTINET: Reply to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Myths and Realities document, June 2015
The Australian government misrepresents the claims of critics and fails to address substantial criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership, says civil society network AFTINET.
The hidden costs of trade treaties
The free trade treaties with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP) are not threatening European standards, the negotiators in Brussels assure us. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.
Obama and Republicans agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … unfortunately
Fast-track must be defeated, and a solid debate about TPP must be opened among well-informed representatives, with plenty of public input, says renowned food writer Mark Bittman.
EU-US trade talks should pick up steam once “fast-track” bill is voted through Congress, says top US farm lobbyist Bob Young
Bob Young, Deputy Executive Director at the American Farm Bureau Federation, talks with journalist Rose O’Donovan (AGRA FACTS) about on-going agricultural developments in negotiations towards a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The EU claims that TTIP won’t reduce EU food safety standards – but is this true?
The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues in food in the EU in the future.
FTA commitments to be strengthened between the US and Peru
Peru hopes to upgrade access to the US market for farm products.
Foodwatch boss: ’Europeans will not stomach TTIP anymore’
The EU-US free trade agreement, TTIP, is a big lie, says Thilo Bode, the director of the NGO Foodwatch, discussing his latest book on the transatlantic trade deal.
US moves toward greater trade with Africa
Pact with Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — to be expanded to other countries later on — seen as a stepping stone to full fledged FTA
South Korea bans Canadian beef exports in light of BSE
South Korea says it’s banning imports of Canadian beef after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow disease,” was found on a northern Alberta farm earlier this week, despite reassurances from Canada’s agriculture minister the case would not impact Canadian beef trade.
EU-US trade deal threatens food safety
The trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU threatens public health, consumer rights and animal welfare standards, shows new analysis today by food and trade experts