The Lough Erne Declaration

Today, at the end of their summit in Northern Ireland, the G8 leaders issued the Lough Erne Declaration. Here it is.

I heard a journalist remark that this declaration is full of ‘should’, not binding agreements. We’ll see what happens when the G20 leaders hold their own summit in a few months’ time.

The part of the Lough Erne Declaration I want to see clarified is Clause 8. ‘Governments should roll back protectionism and agree new trade deals that boost jobs and growth worldwide.’ Will that lead to, ‘Europe must permit whatever GM crops other countries permit’? Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) mean that?

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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