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Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands

(July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]

Italy: Ban on Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms

(Dec. 26, 2016) On December 11, 2016, new legislation implementing European Union directives that ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) entered into effect in Italy.  (Legislative Decree No. 227 of November 14, 2016, Implementing Directive (EU) 2015/412 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2015, Amending Directive 2001/18/EC as […]

Mexico/El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras: Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Pilot Program

(Nov. 30, 2016) In October 2016, labor authorities from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras signed a memorandum of understanding providing for a labor pilot program whereby nationals of the Central American signatory countries may temporarily migrate to Mexico  to work in certain industries.  (Press Release, Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Suscribe México Acuerdo […]

Mexico/United States: Agreement on Establishment of Committee on Trade in Organic Products

(Nov. 17, 2016) In October 2016, agriculture authorities from the United States and Mexico announced a plan to establish a Joint Organic Compliance Committee in order to foster collaboration pertaining to trade in organic products between Mexico and the United States and to ensure the quality of such products. (Press Release, U.S. and Mexico Establish […]

Argentina: Prohibition of Pesticide Use on Crops During Loading and Transportation

(Sept. 15, 2016) Argentina has banned the application of pesticides to crops while they are being loaded or transported.  Law 27262, adopted by Argentina’s parliament in July 2016, forbids the application of and/or treatment with any type of fumigant pesticide in connection with crops, their products and sub-products, cereals, and oil seeds during loading of such […]

Russia: Full Ban on Food with GMOs

(July 1, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the upper chamber of the legislature) adopted the Federal Law on Amending Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Regard to Improvement of State Control in the Field of Genetic Engineering. (Press Release, Federation Council, Ban on Growing and […]

Japan: Three New “Promotion Acts” Under Jurisdiction of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry

(Sept. 25, 2014) The last three acts of the 2014 regular Diet session, promulgated on June 26, 2014, were “promotion acts” aimed at promoting particular agricultural and fishery industries: pig farming, ornamental plant cultivation, and inland water fisheries. Under each Act, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) will establish a national basic promotion […]