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Discussions at this week’s meeting of European Union agriculture ministers had an inevitable predictability. The major subject was the farmers’ disadvantaged position in the food marketing chain. Unsurprisingly, the answer to the ‘problem’ of farmers’ perceived inadequate share of the profits of food production and marketing for the majority of the Council is more –… » read more

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The long running dialogue on the ‘best’ model of trade in food and agricultural products to ensure food security inside and outside the European Union has been further enlivened by recent publication of a UK Government analysis of the issue. This clearly and unsurprisingly , emphases that only free trade will ensure both domestic and… » read more

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Anyone hoping that the trade ministers meeting in the margins of the Davos World Economic Forum would lead to an early regeneration of the Doha Round of trade talks is likely to be disappointed. While ministers of twenty three of the World Trade Organisation’s member countries did commit themselves to resuming the talks and to… » read more

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