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Editorial India agreement offers hope for W.T.O. I n a crop year like the present 2014-15, when deal because of concerns about how its massive global crops and supply totals are at or near food subsidy program would be affected. all-time records, many of the hugely important The issues involved with India in connection with supply-demand nuances that may affect positions a revised Trade Facilitation Agreement have farare neglected. For instance, this is not a time when reaching implications. That is especially the case in much, if any, attention is paid to the agonizing counting governmental actions that might and might negotiations being conducted largely by govern- not influence prices. India refuses to accept an agreement officials in cities like Geneva, Switzerland, to ment that includes its domestic purchases of wheat come up with acceptable language that could in the and other food grains, which are mainly seen as suplong run have a powerful impact on a flour miller plies for feeding large sectors of that nation's popuor grain merchant almost anywhere in the world. lation deemed without access to needed food. India When it is realized that these negotiations often resists limits being placed on those purchases, and seek to define how individual countries support other countries consider such a change a near fatal their domestic grain producers and set out what is effect for the entire agreement. No one has come up acceptable trade and what is subject to internation- with a way of resolving India's unique approach to al action, and whether even specific transactions are assure adequate food for its massive population duracceptable or not combine to explain why constant ing a lengthy period of intense discussion extending awareness of such activities over the past year or longer. Having the W.T.O. see its future is worthwhile. The Nov. 13 agreement althreatened by an issue such as Alertness along these lines lows India's programs to conmight have been considered India's domestic food relief program tinue until a permanent soluis remarkable in light of the a bit of a stretch these days tion is reached. Having the organization's considerable success because international trade W.T.O. see its future threatthrough the last half of the 20th negotiations conducted by ened by an issue such as Inthe World Trade Organizadia's domestic food relief procentury and into the 21st. tion had reached the point gram is remarkable in light of where even their most powerful advocates are be- the organization's considerable success through the ginning to doubt if anything may be accomplished. last half of the 20th century and into the 21st. The "We have not found a solution to the impasse," said agreement leading to the formation of the W.T.O., Robert Azevêdo, director-general of the W.T.O. He primarily agreed to in a series of post-World War II went on to opine that this means the important Trade negotiations, has done everything from impose limFacilitation Agreement will not be completed in time its on domestic price supports affecting crop sizes to to implement the Doha Round by the end of 2014. steps that individual nations may take to limit grain He described this as "the most serious situation this imports and to stimulate exports of surplus supplies. organization has ever faced," adding weight to this For the most part, it has had to deal with trade newarning by suggesting the need to turn attention "to gotiations between single countries and blocs of naour next step." tions that often reflected the ease of non-multilateral In the face of the impending collapse of the over multilateral negotiations. Current trade talks W.T.O. mechanism, a prospect with implica- under way between the United States and the Eurotions extending into every corner of an indus- pean Union, with many ups and downs, underscore try like grain-based foods, an enormous if ten- how the world's favor has changed from wanting to tative sigh of relief was breathed Nov. 13 when enter only into agreements that extend to every naan agreement was reached between the United tion. It is easy to make the case that trade in grain States and India allowing negotiations to proceed. and grain foods is among the great beneficiaries of Four months earlier, India had blocked a W.T.O. these successes. MBN MORTON SOSLAND, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WE'RE EAGER TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK: E-mail or write to us at Milling & Baking News, 4801 Main Street, Suite 650, Kansas City, Mo, 64112 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-chief Morton I. Sosland Executive editor, markets Neil N. Sosland Editor L. Joshua Sosland Senior editor, markets Jay S. 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Milling & Baking News - December 9, 2014
January-September flour output sets new record, rises 0.9%
Consumer Reports casts doubts on merits of gluten-free diet
Late News - Reading to double facility’s size
Table of Contents
News Comment - Finally, commodity relief for grain-based foods
Editorial - India agreement offers hope for W.T.O.
Late News
Luna shifting line of bars to gluten-free ingredients
Business - Fire damages Canada Bread baking plant in Ontario
Girl Scout Cookies enter digital age
Sosland Publishing relocating company headquarters
Cargill reaches settlement, to change labels in Truvia case
C.H. Robinson to acquire Freightquote for $365 million
Financial Results - Campbell Soup baking unit profits strong; U.S. business soft
Charges bog down Post profit; adjusted EBITDA up sharply
Aryzta revenue in North America grows through acquisitions
ADM growth plans include Wild and Brazilian oilseeds
Input costs, plant start-up costs hinder Weston Foods
People - Mayo Schmidt to join Louis Dreyfus as c.e.o.
George Deese to retire as executive chairman at Flowers
Ready-to-eat Cereal Update - Cereal makers seek fresh start
Regulatory Affairs - Air emission calculation for particulate matter: Flour
Industry Activities - Wild, wild East: NAMA given ‘tour’ of Southeast Asia milling industry
AIB names new director of food safety services innovation
Nutrition and Health - USA Rice Federation disputes latest arsenic report
Supplier Innovations
Ingredient Market Trends - Grain volume requirements for Canadian railroads extended
Ingredient Week
Marketplace Business Network
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Milling & Baking News - December 9, 2014