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NGT Test this Week; New Mexican Authorities

NGT Test this Week The Belgian presidency of the EU will make its last effort to obtain approval of a regulatory proposal for new genomic techniques. If it fails, the effort will be passed along to the Hungarian presidency that begins in July. Chances are, it will fail despite being watered down to near meaningless. The latest iteration creates hurdles to new traits qualifying for the unregulated category 1 NGT. And the deregulated 1 NGT traits are not eligible for patent protection, leaving no incentive to invest in their development.  The hostility toward technology is not limited to agriculture. Apple cancelled some its services to Europe because the Digital Services Act risked security and privacy issues. Brussels retaliated by t...

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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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