ARE Update Volume 19, Number 1
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ARE Update Volume 19, Number 1


1. What Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Mean for California Agriculture?

If it were implemented, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would lower import barriers and facilitate export for many of California's significant agricultural exports to Pacific Rim nations—most importantly in Japan. By modestly improving growth prospects, it would also help create larger markets in developing countries—most importantly Vietnam.

2. Whither U.S. Immigration?

The United States is the nation of immigration, with 20% of the world's international migrants and half of the world's unauthorized migrants. Debates over the best package of enforcement, legalization, and guest workers to deal with illegal migration continue to divide Americans and Congress.

3. National Standards for GM-Free Food Labels: A Good Idea

The USDA and U.S. Congress are working to introduce a national certification program for GM-free food labels. It would function similarly to the existing National Organic Program. Consumers would gain from these regulations if they are introduced.

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