THE EUROPEAN Commission has been accusing the United States of having double standards over agricultural subsidies, by pushing for grant cuts and free trade at the World Trade Organisation, whilst supporting handouts at home.

EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler has been especially vocal, following the vote in the US Congress for a Farm Bill, which includes a ten-year increase in price-linked support for farmers. "This attitude puts the US in the ambiguous position of defending one line in Geneva, while another line is supported ...

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