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EU surpasses US as world’s biggest agri-food exporter

Published time: June 24, 2014 14:12
Edited time: June 24, 2014 15:48
Reuters / Francois Lenoir

Reuters / Francois Lenoir

The EU became the world's biggest exporter of agricultural foodstuffs in 2013. Goods worth $163 billion left the EU, beating the US figure of $156 billion. Sales were driven by record exports to China and other emerging markets.

Agricultural products account for 9.1 percent of EU exports, and are mostly driven by sales of milk, pork products, cheese, fruit and vegetables, in particular of wheat and barley. The agri-food business grew by 5.8 percent in 2013, less than the 12 percent in 2012, and 17 percent in 2011, according to the European Commission report.

Agri-food is the fourth EU industry by export volume after machinery, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

European Commission Agricultural trade in 2013 report (image from

There has been a steady increase since 2010, when the EU became a net exporter of agricultural goods. The export rise comes despite a strengthening euro, which has impacted several economic sectors in Europe.

A quarter of Chinese imports come from to US, however China showed the biggest consumption increase from the EU.

At the same time the US saw a drop in its agricultural export value to $156 billion in 2013, down from $159 billion in 2012.

One of the main reasons US exports have been hit is a drought that affected sales of soya bean and cotton. Low Chinese prices also impacted US exports with neighboring Canada looking east for imports.

Meanwhile with a market of 500 million people the 28 EU members remained the world's biggest importer of farming and food products, though the level was mostly unchanged from 2012 at $138 billion. So, overall the EU had a net agricultural trade surplus of $25 billion.

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Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 28.06.2014 10:48

Robert Naeslund's the "Human Brain Project" You Tube video attempts to start the debate about the brain chip research, it's history, it's effects, and what it's future, if it is continued to be freely implanted lawlessly, will be. It will be a world no-one will want to live in. Worse than what the Third Reich would have made. Billions will be unable to manage their own lives as they have become dependant mutants and sterile.


Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 28.06.2014 10:40

Out of every population of say 1000 humans there will be maybe one or two leaders. The human brain chips, interactive, were developed under DARPA, Cyberwarefare, since the end of WW11. They have been being secretly implanted in infant's soft skull globally for years. The explosion of cases of autism at birth illustrate this.They are to pinpoint who the leaders will be once grown and to eliminate before they are adult. Barosso, again, approved this research to be freely continued in the entire European population, removing the studies from US prison systems where they have been for over 60 years..


Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 28.06.2014 10:32

The United States monopoly corporate grain fields are dominated by GM crops. GM crops are proven genocidal produce. 100% of all US soy and 90% of all corn grown is grown from Genetically Modified seed and un-labled. All US chips sold globally are from GM produce. Barosso has approved un-labled GM sales and punitive government contracts in Europe where the farmers have no rights what-so-ever. Germany is about to change that.

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