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Globalization and Rural America

Posted by admin on May 11th, 2007

As concern over globalization’s negative impacts on rural communities in America grows, there is now a great need to think about how to improve US competitiveness in farm and non-farm jobs, and help those who might lose from globalization adjust and find niches in the new economy. Media reports have recently focused on more effective [...]

Salzburg Seminar: Realizing the Doha Development Round as if the Future Mattered

Posted by admin on May 7th, 2007

Earlier this year, several IPC members participated in a special Salzburg Seminar on February 16-21 in Salzburg, Austria to re-energize the commitment of all parties to complete the Doha Round, and to find ways to unblock the negotiations.
Participants in the seminar actively debated and discussed issues in the current trade round, and left with the [...]

Biofuels in Japan-Q&A with Hiroshi Shiraiwa

Posted by admin on May 3rd, 2007

As the dialogue about the rise of biofuels has mostly focused on production in the US and Brazil, it is interesting to see how the biofuels debate is played out in other areas of the world. In this Trading Ideas Q&A, we have asked one of IPC’s members, Hiroshi Shiraiwa, about his views on domestic [...]

The Past and Future of CAP Reform

Posted by admin on March 28th, 2007

IPC Chairman Piet Bukman spoke at the 26th European Agricultural Outlook Conference held in London during the 27th-28th of March, titled “Towards 2013: The Prospects for CAP Reform.” He spoke on the historic context of the creation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the multiple domestic, international, political, and economic forces shaping its future. [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Forget the Benefits of Trade

Posted by admin on February 16th, 2007

The benefits and costs of globalization continue to fuel controversy between those who embrace free markets and what globalization promises, and those who are concerned about the potential displacement of some workers. While we should acknowledge that globalization does have costs, it would be wrong to say that countries are unable to address them. IPC [...]

A Glimmer of Hope for US Farm Reform?

Posted by admin on February 6th, 2007

IPC Chief Executive Charlotte Hebebrand and Policy Associate Kara Laney respond to the current state of the Doha Round and the USDA’s recent farm bill proposal
Within a bit over one week, trade ministers agreed to a full resumption of the Doha Negotiations in Davos while the US administration put forward its proposal for the 2007 Farm [...]

Biofuels Across the Atlantic

Posted by admin on January 22nd, 2007

IPC Chief Executive Charlotte Hebebrand has contributed the following piece about recent biofuel legislation on both sides of the Atlantic, and suggests that in the midst of promoting domestic biofuel production, we should not rule out future trade in the increasingly appealing commodity.
There is plenty of legislative movement on both sides of the Atlantic on [...]

Canada’s Request for WTO Consultations on US Farm Subsidies

Posted by admin on January 11th, 2007

IPC Member Michael Gifford has contributed the following article commenting on the recent request by the Canadian government for consultations with the United States on its corn subsidies.
Canada’s recent request for formal WTO consultations on certain US agricultural subsidies underscores yet again the vulnerability of the main US domestic farm programs to international challenge. In [...]

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 [...]