Agricultural Policy

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Should we be worried about China's genetic manipulation of food?

Asked by Matthias Tindemans

In 2012, China imported nearly 60 million tons of soybeans, most of which were genetically modified. In that sense, even if GM foods are found to have any long-term hazards, one probably should not worry too much about only China's GM foods, but about those from all countries, including the United States, the largest producer and consumer of GM foods.

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Agricultural Technology and Productivity Continue to Make Gains, Ensure U.S. Food Security

Speaker: Tom Vilsack
Presider: Roger C. Altman

With the 2014 farm bill now enacted into law, U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack visits CFR to discuss the USDA's policy priorities with Roger Altman of Evercore Partners. Vilsack credits advanced agricultural technology and the productivity of American farmers with maintaining the country's status as a food-secure nation, despite a growing population and a shrinking agricultural sector.

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Oxfam: Agricultural Trade Policy in Developing Countries During Take-Off

Author: Michael Stockbridge

Many emerging economies are under increasing pressure from developed world partners and international institutions to introduce free market procedures in their agricultural sectors as well as other sectors of the economy. This analysis from Oxfam questions that approach, looking at  the agriculture and trade policies of six different developing countries, each of which has enjoyed unusually high rates of economic growth and development. They are South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Chile and Botswana. Their experience may shed further light on the extent to which governments should retain their powers to intervene in trade as opposed to relinquishing them in favour of market liberalisation.

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