President Donald Trump meets today in Washington with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO. The topics of conversation are likely to include biotech approvals and produce inspections, according to a former negotiator on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
The WTO’s appellate body — key to resolving disputes among its 164 member nations — ceased to function about a month ago, indefinitely putting key cases on hold that the U.S. ag sector would like to see settled.
China has agreed to make significant policy changes to tear down non-tariff barriers to U.S. farm commodities under the trade deal expected to be signed early next year, according to industry sources who were briefed on the pact and government officials with knowledge of the briefing.
New disclosure requirements finalized by USDA for biotech foods will exempt products with inadvertent amounts of genetically ingredients as well as vegetable oils, sugar and other foods where the DNA of genetically engineered crops can’t be detected.
China’s opaque and deliberately slow biotech approval process is costing U.S. farmers, exporters, seed companies and others billions of dollars in lost sales, according to a new analysis being released today by Informa’s Agribusiness Consulting.