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New Agreement Opens Organic Trade Between Europe and US

A new trade agreement will mean more organic food choices for American and European consumers.

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Americans will now be able to purchase organics flown in from Europe. But is it worth the air miles?

There’s good news for fans of organic food. A new bilateral deal between the United States and the European Union promises to open the floodgates for transatlantic trade in organic comestibles.

The agreement, signed yesterday in Germany, states that the U.S. and E.U. will now accept each other’s organic food certifications as equivalent.

This will almost certainly lead to significant growth and job creation for a market already worth some $50 billion.

Not all goods will be permitted to cross the Atlantic, however.  Meat from animals treated with antibiotics, for instance, has been excluded from the pact.

Read More:

  • Coming Soon To Your Grocery Aisle: Organic Food From Europe (NPR)
  • EU, US ink organic food deal (AFP)
  • Questions About Organic Produce and Sustainability (New York Times)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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