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TPP and the Political Economy of U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

Japan may no longer be the economic threat it once was, but tensions with the United States still prevail over trade, most notably in pushing forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. While a successful conclusion to the 12-member nation trade pact would reap in great rewards for the global economy, the politics of trade in both Washington and Tokyo present formidable barriers that will likely take several years to overcome.

The Future of Food, Climate, and the Natural World: A Conversation With Jonathan Foley

Appointed to lead the prestigious California Academy of Sciences in August, Jonathan Foley is tasked with leading a world class institution in the pursuit of discovering, documenting, and sharing knowledge of the natural world.  Serving as one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has a clear mission of promoting exploration, providing educational opportunities, and engaging the public.

Dairy Policy Reform in Canada & the United States: Protection at Home or International Trade? (Toronto)

Location: This event will take place at Bennett Jones Headquarters in Toronto, ON. 

For several decades, dairy policies in Canada and the United States have protected and supported domestic dairy industries. Regulations have taken different forms—supply management in Canada, and complex pricing rules in the United States—but both systems hurt consumers, shield domestic dairy from foreign competition, and jeopardize efforts to participate in proposed international free-trade negotiations.

Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are in effect the global labor force of the future,” said Jack Goldstone at the Wilson Center on October 15. “Whether they are productive, how large that cohort turns out to be, whether they find work or not, is going to have a bearing, I think, on all of us.”

VOA Reported CEF Event on Soil Pollution in China

VOA reported CEF event on China’s soil pollution problems. Isabel Hilton, the editor of chinadialogue, and Qing Wang from the World Bank spoke at the September 18th meeting, with the theme “Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China”. VOA focused on two problems highlighted by Hilton and Wang: China’s lacking of tracking systems of toxic wastes and chemicals, and the unsatisfactory qualities of organic food there. “China has a long way to go to solve its soil pollution,” the report concluded.

China’s Quest for Safe + Secure Food: Boon for U.S. Business?

China is facing a serious food dilemma. Despite being one of the largest grain producers in the world, over the past decade the country has become a leading grain importer. Indeed, the rising demand for meat and resource constraints are pushing China to invest into food companies and arable land overseas. At the same time, China’s food security continues to be haunted by food safety scandals—from melamine-laced milk and spoiled meat to cadmium-contaminated rice. These issues may, however, provide opportunities for U.S.-China collaboration in improving food industry safety.  

Chile como potencia alimentaria y el desafío chino

"No son muchos los mercados en que Chile compite de igual a igual con Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, en el mayor de todos, en la República Popular China, occure en alimentos. La reciente visita a China de una delegación encabezada por el ministro de Agricultura, Carlos Furche, e integrada por empresarios y dirigentes gremiales del sector privado-- uno de los cuales describió los protocolos firmados en ella como 'un hito fundamenta para la fruticultural nacional'--, subrayó el interés por nuestros alimentos que existe en el Imperio del Centro.