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Japan: New Urban Farming Promotion Basic Act

(June 4, 2015) Japan’s Urban Farming Promotion Basic Act was promulgated on April 22, 2015. (Act No. 14 of 2015 (text of bill), House of Representatives website (in Japanese).) The Act confirms that urban farming is beneficial for the society: to provide a source of fresh and safe products; to give urban residents the opportunity […]

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 […]

Japan: Geographical Indication Act Promulgated

(Sept. 24, 2014) Japan’s Geographical Indication (GI) Act was promulgated on June 25, 2014. (Act No. 84, 2014, Tokutei Norin Suisan Butsu to no Meisho no Hogo ni Kansuru Horitsu; text of the legislation, which became law without change, available on the House of Representatives website [in Japanese].) The Act aims to protect producers of […]

France: GMO Prohibition Confirmed

(June 19, 2014) The Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest court for administrative matters, has rejected a request from corn producers to strike down a government regulation prohibiting the sale, use, and growing of a type of genetically modified corn known as MON 810. (Ordonnance du 5 mai 2014, Association générale des producteurs de maïs (AGPM), SARL […]

Denmark: Kosher Slaughter Method Effectively Banned

(June 2, 2014) On February 17, 2014, new animal protection measures entered into force effectively banning kosher slaughter practices in Denmark. Unsedated slaughter has been illegal in Denmark for years, but there has been an exemption for religious slaughter, i.e. kosher and halal practices. That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]

Sri Lanka: Agreement Seeks to Address Climate Change Impact

(Dec. 31, 2013) In December 2013, Sri Lanka and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) signed an agreement designed to help some Sri Lankan residents in farming communities. The agreement, “Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka,” aims to help build diversified and resilient […]

Thailand: Crisis in Thai Rice Pledging Scheme

(Aug. 7, 2013) In mid-June 2013, the Thai government admitted that its rice subsidy program had lost 136 billion baht (about US$4.4 billion) in payments to support a rice pledging scheme for the country’s 2011-2012 growing season. (James Hookway, Thai Rice Aid Under Fire, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 17, 2013) [subscription required for access].) […]

Bangladesh: New Plant Quarantine Law Enacted

(May 11, 2011) The Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Plant Quarantine Act 2011 on March 20, 2011. This Law provides for the controlled export and import of plants, microbes, and soil. It strengthens the authority of the government to take steps to prevent the introduction of alien insects and diseases into the country. The new Law […]

Court of Justice of the European Union; France: Preliminary Ruling Finds France’s Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Illegal

(Apr. 4, 2011) On February 3, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's Supreme Court for administrative matters, referred several questions on interpretation of European Union law regarding genetically modified organisms to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for a preliminary ruling. Proceedings regarding a ban on MON810 Genetically Modified Corn are pending before the Conseil d'Etat […]

Israel: Milk Sector Planning

(Apr. 4, 2011) On March 28, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Milk Sector Planning Law, 5771-2011. The Law has two objectives. The first is the development and improvement of the milk sector in Israel, to ensure quality and safety in milk production and distribution. The second is to ensure a steady supply of […]