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GMO versus GHG; State versus Commercial

GMO versus GHG Vietnam has delayed its decision to ban glyphosate into 2021 but Thailand has maintained its ban, which is adversely impacting U.S. commodity shipments with any residues. American officials are pressing their Thai counterparts to use science-based standards, but it is unclear how much Bangkok is influenced by the earlier withdrawal by Washington of $1.3 billion in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) preferences. The U.S. charges Thailand with failure to protect worker rights. Meanwhile, it is also being argued that without glyphosate and other herbicides, farmers are unable to use no-till approaches and thus the Thai position will result in worse greenhouse gas emissions and thus worse global climate change. State versu...

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