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TOP SENATOR: Now That TPP Is Dead, the US Needs a Bilateral Trade Agreement With Japan
Sen. John Thune, Business Insider | April 20, 2017
The Trans–Pacific Partnership trade agreement between the United States and a number of Asia–Pacific countries was designed to open new markets for American goods overseas by reducing or eliminating burdensome tariffs faced by U.S. producers. In the wake of the decision to bow out of the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP), we need to look for alternate ways to help U.S. producers so that America can compete and win in the global economy.
One of the first things we should do to help American producers is negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Japan, the largest and most important market for U.S. goods among the TPP countries.
Why the World Needs to Sit Up and Take Notice of India's War on Meat
BY Vir Sanghvi, South China Morning Post | April 23, 2017
The current anti–beef campaign has two origins, both rooted in a conception of Hinduism. The first is the view that because the cow is sacred to Hindus, it should never be slaughtered. The second is a more general proposition: good people are, almost by definition, vegetarians, and all meat eating is fundamentally evil.
As the beef–ban is slowly being recognised as a fact of modern Indian life, it is the vegetarian–only campaign that is gathering momentum.
63 Indicted in Brazilian Meat Scandal
Traci Eatherton, Tri–State Livestock News | April 21, 2017
Brazil's Federal Police has published its final report involving the country's meat scandal, and has indicted 63 people for participating in a corruption scheme, selling expired or adulterated meat, according to a China news agency.
All have been charged with passive corruption, use of forbidden or illicit substances, falsification of medical records, adulteration of food products or substances, embezzlement, malversation, and use of false documentation, among others.
The investigation, which spanned over several years, broke on March 17, causing a total of 45 nations to implement some kind of restrictions on imports from Brazil. By, March 29, only 13 remained closed, accounting for only 5 percent of Brazil meat exports.
It has reportedly cost Brazil's meat export market billions in revenues.
R–CALF Wants Brazil Beef Ban Until COOL Resurrected
Matthew Weaver, Capital Press | April 25, 2017
An independent rancher organization is petitioning the White House to ban beef imports from Brazil until country of origin labels are required on all beef.
Investigators in Brazil say health inspectors were bribed to overlook expired meat and chemicals and other products that were added to meat to improve its appearance and smell.
The petition had more than 1,700 signatures as of April 25. The group must gather 100,000 signatures by May 13 to get a response from the White House.