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Faded Green Wave; Better Answer than Decoupling

Faded Green Wave While politicians on both sides of the Atlantic boast of bold plans for environmental protection, executing their initiatives is proving more difficult. A desired ban on neonicotinoid use in Europe is proving difficult where the rubber meets the road on the farm. Biotechnology advocates argue that Europe’s pesticide use is larger than the U.S. due to restrictions against crops genetically modified to resist damage. U.S. use of nutrients like phosphates and potash are higher per hectare while Europe uses more pesticides and nitrogen. U.S. use of potash is rising but applications of nitrogen are declining. Europe’s use of pesticides, nitrogen, phosphates, and potash had all been rising.  Better Answer Tha...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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