New horizons for organic equivalence: could a broad platform be the future?

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After nearly two decades of trade facilitation for organic products based on unilateral and bilateral equivalence arrangements between governments, a shift appears to be underway. In December 2017, officials from Canada, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and the United States met in Chile to discuss prospects for developing a multi-country, ‘plurilateral’ equivalence agreement for trade of organic products, which would replace all of their existing bilateral arrangements. This was the second meeting of this group; the first occurred in November 2016 in Bern, Switzerland. This article includes perspectives of IFOAM – Organics International and the author’s own analysis. See the full article at TOS issue 174.

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