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More Tariffs Please; Food Tribalism and Consumer Contradictions

More Tariffs Please The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its analysis that concluded the Trump tariffs on China have had very little adverse impact on that country. It credits the stimulus measures introduced by Beijing as a successful counteraction. However, IMF Deputy Director for Asia Pacific Kenneth Kang conceded that China’s growth could be “significantly affected” if the U.S. were to impose additional tariffs, which creates a huge analytical invitation to the Trump trade team to do so.   Food Tribalism and Consumer Contradictions As part of World Food Safety Day, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued the results of a Eurobarometer survey of European opinions about food. The survey found...

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