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Innovate, Replicate or Regulate; Trade Policy Bias

Innovate, Replicate or Regulate U.S. Big Tech companies should take a lesson from their Big Ag counterparts – Europe is not your friend. Looking at artificial intelligence, EU Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager says the "The choice should not be American or American.” Yet the goal of Europe’s food sovereignty campaigns is that the only food should be European. The EU is falling behind on tech once again with AI investments in the U.S. four times larger than in the EU. The cause is not anti-competitiveness by American companies as Vestager charges, but over-regulation by Brussels. EU officials announced bans on some forms of AI, and regulations on other types. As the Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip notes, &ldq...

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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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