The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has published a ten-point food security programme. The Federal Government’s support at EU level for the abolition of agricultural export subsidies has been well received by many development and farming organisations. However, as the director of Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) points out, the report fails to mention that state subsidies will continue to flow into the food sector to ensure that European products can still be sold cheaply on the world market. The organisation Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) also sees the programme as a step in the right direction, but stresses that its success will depend on how the ten steps are implemented. In addition, it is feared that the FPD wants to achieve the programme’s undefined “increase in sustainable production” by means of genetic engineering.
Our German ARC members from the platform “Meine Landwirtschaft” commented in a press release (in German) on the adoption of the so-called Dess report on the future of the CAP by the European Parliament. […]
Beets, Beats and Better Bites with tasty treats, DJ tracks and dozens of tractors rumbling through the streets! What it’s the annual Wir Haben Es Satt (#WHES19) mobilization in Berlin. What’s happening – and why? […]
It is sometimes easier to find out what is being discussed in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks by following the US government coverage than waiting for European negotiators to testify in front of MEPs. The US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means grilled trade ambassador Michael Froman on April 3. The hearing is available online, but the 441MB file runs for nearly three hours, so here are some highlights. Representative Mike Thompson complained about protected geographic indicators that (0:55): “…the EU is making it very difficult… …some of the things they have done have created harmful trade barriers…” Responding, ambassador Froman sympathised with Thompson (2:05): “…we think our system of trade marks and common names works well, and we resistant to efforts to create further geographic indications.” Summing up, Froman added (2:40): “…it’s important that we establish a regime that works for us as well.” TTIPhearinggeographic 2 by anglophonie Texan Representative Lloyd Doggett asked if the dispute procedure (ISDS) for current US bilateral trade deals had any appeal options (0:54), for which […]