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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. [...]