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China / U.S. Food Tremors

Touch the Soil News #608 Hitting the Chinese political landscape is farmland. China is grappling with how much farmland they must have for primary crops. Land for primary crops (arable) does not include pasture for livestock that has limited food capacity. Today, China has about 329 million acres of primary crop land – about the same as the U.S. has. Trouble is, China has four times as many people to feed as does the U.S. China’s goal of permanently preserving a core amount of farmland equal to 300 million acres is important, but not enough. The U.S. is rattling sabers on implementing higher import fees on Chinese imports to the…

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Trade War With Mexico – Is It Good Business?

Touch the Soil News #603 (feature photo CC SA 3.0) In 2015, the U.S. imported $295 billion in products from Mexico. That same year, Mexico imported 267 billion in products from the USA. The U.S. presidential administration is touting that it is going to put a 20 percent import tax on stuff that comes from Mexico. So what if Mexico retaliates and puts a 20 percent tariff on goods coming from the USA? Does it make sense for Americans to pay an additional $59 billion on what it buys from Mexico? Does it make sense for Mexicans to pay an additional $53.4 billion on what it buys from the U.S.?…

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