Free Trade Negotiations and Global Food Politics

Global Food Politics

OPED2--621x414The United States and the European Union are currently negotiating a new free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TFTA), sometimes also referred to as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The agreement aims to harmonize regulatory frameworks (particularly in the areas of food safety, consumer protections, and environmental standards) in the United States and Europe to made trade easier. Given the inability of the World Trade Organization to make progress towards closing the Doha Round over the past decade, many countries are moving to bilateral and regional blocs to liberalize international trade.  The TFTA fits within this broader context.

But food policy advocates have raised several concerns over the potential impact of the proposed TFTA on food politics and in particular on labeling requirements.

Blogging at Huffington Post, Michael Lipsky argues  that existing European regulations requiring labeling of GM foods could be weakened by the…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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