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When Precautionary Becomes Reactionary

Posted by Carl Hausmann on July 23rd, 2007

Why now is the time for acceptance of scientifically assessed and approved genetically modified crops
On a panel at the May 2007 World Agriculture Forum held in St. Louis, I was asked by the Rt. Hon. John Gummer, former Minister of Agriculture for the United Kingdom, whether I supported the European view of the precautionary principle [...]

The “Food Miles” Debate

Posted by admin on March 13th, 2007

IPC’s Charlotte Hebebrand and James Lee have contributed the following post on the pros and cons of “food miles.” 
The “Food Miles” argument is gaining traction. So far, it has sprung up mostly in the UK, but it is finding resonance in other European countries, and groups in the US are also beginning to find it [...]

Thoughts on Cloning

Posted by admin on January 10th, 2007

This post was contributed by Charlotte Hebebrand, on the trade implications of cloned animals.
The FDA’s draft risk assessment determining that food from cloned animals is safe to eat got my attention even though it was announced in that quiet week between Christmas and New Years. I do not want to - nor am I [...]

IPC Urges Closer Examination of Food Miles Argument

Posted by admin on November 17th, 2006

Charlotte Hebebrand, IPC chief executive, writes:
IPC member Tim Groser (New Zealand) brings to our attention the emerging debate on “food miles.” The argument that it is environmentally damaging to ship food products long distances is finding increased resonance with the suspension of the Doha Round among groups who would like to see more food self [...]

IPC to Launch New Blog, Trading Ideas

Posted by admin on October 20th, 2006

The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council plans to launch Trading Ideas, a blog that seeks to promote an open dialogue on issues of agricultural trade and development policy. Trading Ideas will also provide a forum for IPC’s long-term strategy of identifying what the major issues in agricultural trade and development will be within [...]