China's Agricultural Policies: Trade, Investment, Food Safety, and Innovation - Biotechnology, Impact on U.S. Firms and Farmers, Export Opportunities, African Swine Flu Outbreak Effect on U.S. Trade
This impressive report compilation contains the testimony of ten renowned experts at a hearing in 2018 investigating China's food policies and how they affect the United States. It examined China's food security and agricultural trade policy, China's investment in food resources abroad, the impact of China's biotechnology policies on U.S. firms and farmers, and export opportunities. More
This impressive report compilation contains the testimony of ten renowned experts at a hearing in 2018 investigating China's food policies and how they affect the United States. It examined China's food security and agricultural trade policy, China's investment in food resources abroad, the impact of China's biotechnology policies on U.S. firms and farmers, and export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural firms in China. It also probed food safety challenges in China and how the United States should respond to food safety and market conditions in China. In addition, there is an issue brief from May 2019 about China's African swine flu outbreak and its implications for U.S. food safety and trade. A swine flu outbreak has significantly reduced China's hog population. The impact is expected to result in increased U.S. pork exports to China but decreased exports of animal feed products like soybeans and sorghum. China's poor food safety regulations and inspection systems contributed to the spread of the ASF virus.
Panel I: China's Food Security Policies and U.S.-China Trade in Agriculture * 1. Ambassador Darci Vetter, General Manager, Public Affairs, Edelman; Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative * 2. Dr. Fred Gale, Senior Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture * 3. Bill Westman, Senior Vice President of International Affairs, North American Meat Institute * 4. Thomas Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council * Panel II: Chinese Biotech Policy and Food Safety * 5. Dr. Carl Pray, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Rutgers University * 6. Nathan Fields, Director of Biotechnology, National Corn Growers Association * 7. Dr. Holly Wang, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University * 8. Michael Robach, Board Director Chairman, Global Food Safety Initiative and Vice President for Food Safety, Cargill * 9. Dr. David Ortega, Assistant Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University * 10. American Soybean Association and U.S. Soybean Export Council * 11. Howard Minigh President, CropLife International * 12. Joseph Damond Executive Vice President for International Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
As the United States' third largest provider of food imports, even small food safety risks in China could affect thousands of U.S. consumers. We saw a vivid example of this in 2006 and 2007 when adulterated Chinese pet treats killed almost 2,000 U.S. cats and 2,220 U.S. dogs. More recently in 2017 more than 600 Canadians contracted norovirus from frozen Chinese raspberries, including many children and senior citizens who are more sensitive to the virus's effect. The United States can learn from outbreaks like these as the U.S. and Canada import similar products from China and U.S. citizens were similarly affected by Chinese imports in 2016. Chinese food imports carry several risks that must be adequately managed. First, China's industrial development has left much of its air, soil, and water heavily polluted and this contamination has found its way into Chinese crops. Second, China has thousands of small-scale food producers who don't often follow proper food safety procedures. Finally, while China has made progress in reforming the legal framework behind its food safety regime, implementation of this framework has been frustrated by a dearth of qualified Chinese inspectors.
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