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The EU’s Biofuel Mandate

Posted by admin on March 3rd, 2008

In January of this year the European Commission tabled a comprehensive set of proposals to achieve the renewable energy policy goals set last year by the European Council. These proposals include a draft Directive on renewables establishing an overall binding target for the EU as a whole of a 20% share in renewable energy sources [...]

Trade Can Ease Food Price Pressures

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on February 20th, 2008

There are a number of factors behind the drastic food and feed price increases - ranging from population and income growth in emerging economies to the biofuels boom. Sudden and significant rises in food costs impact in particular the poor in developing and least developed countries, who spend a great deal more of their income [...]

Change of heart on agricultural export subsidies?

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on November 27th, 2007

We have two comments on the news that the European Commission is conceding to demands for increased EU export subsidies for pig meat as a result of decreasing competitiveness due in part to higher feed costs.

Although EU officials have indicated that export subsidies have no place in the future Common Agricultural Policy regardless of the [...]

Biofuels - Crime Against Humanity?

Posted by Kara Laney on November 6th, 2007

Recently, Jean Ziegler, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, described the conversion of food crops into biofuels as “a crime against humanity” and recommended a five-year moratorium on biofuel production. He said the increase in agricultural commodity prices due to the strong demand for biofuel feedstocks represents a “catastrophe” for the [...]

Reverse Course

Posted by admin on November 5th, 2007

As the Senate prepares to debate the 2007 Farm Bill, IPC member emeritus Dean Kleckner points out the drawbacks of the U.S.’s current production-linked agricultural subsidy programs.
The $280-billion farm bill, approved last week by the Senate Agriculture Committee, intends to help farmers. Yet it may actually hurt them if it violates America’s international trade obligations. [...]

House Version of the 2007 Farm Bill Sends Negative Message to U.S. Trading Partners

Posted by admin on October 1st, 2007

Parties in the Doha Round of WTO negotiations have informally agreed to significant reforms. IPC Member Robert L. Thompson explains how the absence of similar reforms in the House version of the 2007 Farm Bill sends a negative message to the U.S.’s trading partners.*
The House of Representatives passed its farm bill in July, the Senate [...]

The 2008 CAP “Health Check,” Q&A with Rolf Moehler

Posted by admin on August 10th, 2007

Following a disappointing vote for status quo in the House of Representatives, the debate over the 2007 farm bill moves to the Senate. IPC member Rolf Moehler explains that reforms in agricultural support have been embraced more widely on the other side of the Atlantic. He gives an overview of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy [...]

WTO Cotton Panel Ruling-Has the US Made Progress?

Posted by Pedro de Camargo Neto on July 30th, 2007

Pedro de Camargo-Neto notes differences between US and EU reactions regarding WTO disputes
In November 2002, Brazil filed the beginning of consultations in Geneva regarding two important disputes on agricultural subsidies-a dispute with the US on cotton subsidies, and a dispute with the European Union on sugar subsidies. The reactions by authorities in Europe [...]

This is Not Reform

Posted by Kara Laney on July 30th, 2007

Contrary to the claims of the Democratic and Agricultural Committee leadership, the version of the 2007 Farm Bill passed last week by the US House of Representatives does not contain meaningful reform. Instead, it perpetuates subsidy programs that distort trade, reduce the efficiency of US farmers, and harm poor farmers in developing countries.
In the Uruguay [...]

Now is the Time for Farm Bill Reform

Posted by Kara Laney on July 25th, 2007

With the chance alignment of ongoing international trade negotiations, the expiration of the 2002 Farm Bill, and the onset of high commodities prices spurred by biofuels consumption, the United States is in an ideal position to modify its agricultural policies when it authorizes the 2007 Farm Bill later this year. Reforming the Farm Bill could [...]