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Azevêdo Visits 3 S.E. Asian Countries

  Director-General Roberto Azevêdo of World Trade Organization wrapped up a three country visit to Malaysia (19-20 May), the Philippines (21-24 May) and Singapore (25 May) today,

Big Food Tainting Its Organic Subsidiaries With Trust Problems

Massive conglomerates selling food, known as “Big Food” in the trade, have a problem. The constant drumbeats in social media against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), factory farms, chemical fertilizer and pesticides have had a real impact on sales and (perhaps more importantly) their long-term addressable markets. Millennials just aren’t interested [...]

Would You Buy Meat If You Didn't Know Where It Came from, or How It Was Raised?

Being a member of the World Trade Organization definitely has some anti-perks. A recent move by the World Trade Organization threatens to put more mystery in the meat we eat, while casting doubt on our national sovereignty. The WTO ruled on May 18 that American meat labels violate Canadian and Mexican free trade rights. Show More Summary

Don't Want to Eat Mystery Meat? You May Be About to Have No Choice

Being a member of the World Trade Organization definitely has some anti-perks. A recent move by the World Trade Organization threatens to put more mystery in the meat we eat, while casting doubt on our national sovereignty. The WTO ruled on May 18 that American meat labels violate Canadian and Mexican free trade rights. Show More Summary

Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Adrian Peterson Still Wants To Be Traded, Will Skip OTAs – Is He Dallas-Bound?

Without a trade happening right before or during the NFL Draft 2015, many were under the assumption that running back Adrian Peterson would not be traded this season. Well, the time is coming up for Organized Team Activities (OTAs),Show More Summary

Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded

Adrian Peterson is skipping OTAs to send a message to the Vikings that he still wants to be traded. Adrian Peterson isn't planning on attending the organized team activities (OTAs) of the Minnesota Vikings when they begin on Tuesday,...Show More Summary

Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission in Asia next week

Gov. Larry Hogan will embark Tuesday on a 12-day trade mission to three of Asia’s economic powerhouses, meeting with business organizations, heads of state and diplomats in an attempt to strengthen Maryland’s economic ties to the region.Read full article >>

Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission in Asia next week

Gov. Larry Hogan will embark Tuesday on a 12-day trade mission to three of Asia’s economic powerhouses, meeting with business organizations, heads of state and diplomats in an attempt to strengthen Maryland’s economic ties to the region.Read full article >>

Organic checkoff draws supporters, detractors - AgMinute for May 21, 2015

The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on the proposal and supported it 2 to 1. Click here for the full story.

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

GENEVA (Reuters) - Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Multi-National Ag Groups Unite for Fair TPP

As negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are being held this week, agricultural and food organizations from four nations have come out united in calling for a “modern trade agreement that includes meaningful and comprehensive...Show More Summary

How a WTO Meat Labeling Dispute Could Prompt Congress to Change a Bad Law

After losing again at the World Trade Organization, U.S. regulations mandating country of origin labels (COOL) on meat may finally end.  Driven by the possibility that Canada and Mexico could retaliate with increased tariffs, Congress...Show More Summary

150 orgs, experts and companies tell Obama: hands off crypto!

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The joint letter from human rights organizations, eminent cryptographers, tech companies and trade associations takes aim at the FBI's ever-louder calls to ban the use of effective cryptography. Read the rest

Food labels and the trouble with trade deals

The World Trade Organization's recent ruling against a U.S. food-labeling law highlights how international trade rules can override national priorities, including ours. At issue is a 7-year-old U.S. requirement that beef and pork products be labeled to disclose their country of origin. On Monday,...

Lavrov Says TTIP, TPP Deals Undermine WTO Principles

The creation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Asia-Pacific region could lead to depreciation of the universal principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

This man has read the TPP, can't legally tell us the details, but says Warren's criticisms are right

Labor organizations oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade deal in a rally outside of the Capitol in May 2014. His name is Michael Wessel. He has served on the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission. He served as a commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2001-2014. Show More Summary

Blog: CPJ joins call urging White House to protect encryption for journalists

Journalists are safest when their devices are secure by default. That is why the Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of nearly 150 civil society organizations, companies, trade associations, security experts, and policy specialists in sending a joint letter to U.S. President Barack Obama. The letter urges the...

WTO Rejects U.S. Appeal of COOL Ruling

The World Trade Organization has rejected a U.S. appeal of its decision that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat unfairly discriminates against meat imports and give the advantage to domestic meat products. The final ruling launches a WTO process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose on the U.S., and the... Continue Reading

Final WTO COOL Ruling Goes Against U.S.

As expected, the World Trade Organization today issued a final ruling against the United States over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for livestock and meat products. The final ruling maintained previous conclusions that “the amended...Show More Summary

US exports threatened by COOL ruling

The World Trade Organization is expected to issue a final ruling soon on Mexico and Canada’s challenge of US country-of-origin labeling regulations for red meat.

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