The chatter about renegotiating trade agreements has therefore worried many people in American agriculture. The sector does not want to lose the profits of the last decades. Much of the new government`s trade debate has highlighted sectors of the economy in which the United States probably does not have a comparative advantage. However, with the entry of Secretary of State Perdue into his new role, he stressed the importance of trade to American agriculture by creating a new position within the USDA, Under Secretary of State for Trade. The question for agriculture is how strong the USDA will be when new trade negotiations begin. These changes would increasingly encourage the EU and the US to accept generally lower international food safety standards and to expose the public to food scandals and pollution. They would also undermine local or regional authorities to set higher standards, such as banning genetically modified crops or limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock. But Kerala is not the only Indian state to be negatively affected. Over the 1990-2005 period, imports of cotton lentils increased with an increase of more than 75%. Cheaper imports are weighing on domestic prices and making cotton producers economically unprofitable.
Most farmer suicides are cotton producers. Today, India is the world`s largest milk producer. Indian dairy farming is characterized by cooperatives involving millions of women and men. Nevertheless, milk imports increased by 292% in 2001 and 2003. Since 1994-5, India has been the world`s largest importer of food oils, with cheaper imports pushing local farmers out of olive seed cultivation. She said the trade war between the United States and China added an “insult to injury” at a difficult time for farmers. “It wasn`t a great time, it wasn`t a good price.” For Mr. Greeno, who now grows vegetables in addition to night shifts at the Ocean Spray cranberry plant in Wisconsin, Mr. Trump`s trade war has added unnecessary stress to an already fragile industry. Agriculture is much more than the production of raw materials for the food sector.
It is essential for living rural areas, it means having adequate food production and, to some extent, independent, it has a key role to play in the protection of nature. For these reasons, there are specific rules in countries around the world for the protection of local agriculture. B, for example, through certain tariffs protecting vulnerable sectors. This is why the focus of various trade agreements on prices and increased trade in food and agricultural products is detrimental to most of the roles of the agricultural sector. Several studies (for example. B from Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Commission) concluded that opening up the EU to increased imports could jeopardise the existence of entire agricultural sectors.