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Inequivalent, Protectionist In 2012, the U.S. and EU established an agreement asserting that each other’s organic standards were substantially equivalent. The agreement was reviewed again in 2015 and may require additional review depending on one’s interpretation of “substantial” and equivalent. The EU’s first organic directive occurred in 1991 and was directed at unprocessed commodities. In 1999, animal agriculture was added, and a new directive was introduced in 1999. Now a new directive goes into effect in January 2022 and it has some changes that could undermine the equivalency agreement. The new EU rule claims that producers in third countries must comply with the “same standards” as European...

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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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