Seeking Balance


There’s been a steady decline in the number of farms across the developed world over the decades, but because of the national security, economic and political importance of rural communities, the clout of farmers remains a potent force.  The proof of this assertion was on display recently at the trade bargaining table in Hawaii, where government representatives from 12 countries spanning the Pacific Ocean tried in July to wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  There were, and still are, several sticking points to resolve in the TPP, but none is as important as agricultural trade, and especially trade in dairy products.


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