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Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Palm oil’s versatility means it is widely consumed in a large array of products in Europe, including bread, chocolate bars and ice cream, as well as being a significant feedstock for biofuel production. But concerns over the oil’s environmental impact have resulted in food companies and policy makers moving to limit its use.
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EU sugar production quotas, which have limited output in the bloc since 1968, were finally abolished at the start of October 2017. So does this mean the EU will now re-establish itself as a major global exporter of the sweetener?
UK food labelling has on a number of occasions been seen to be out of step with the rest of the EU, so can we expect even more divergence post-Brexit as British exporters seek out new global markets?
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