« The sad thing is that it`s 98% finished, » Andrew Robb, Australia`s trade minister, told the Wall Street Journal. Another potential point of interest for a U.S. agreement on organic equivalency is Mexico, which is developing a rigorous control system for certification, implementation and other aspects of standard credibility and maintaining the integrity of organic foods worldwide, said Bob Anderson, Senior Trade Advisor for the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Anderson said the U.S. government and OTA are in direct conversation with Mexico and are helping the country build and monitor the development of this organic control system. The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international food standards adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (the Codex). The code is headquartered in Rome and is jointly funded by FAO and WHO. Resolutions on other topics, such as environmental standards in Vietnam and Malaysia and intellectual property rules for geographically related food names, have been successful and some negotiators have said the talks have « made considerable progress, » the Wall Street Journal reports. These agreements can have an impact on both employment and prices on domestic producers, particularly if the agreement is reached with a country with a large agricultural system, which depends on weak environmental protection and low labour costs. This can bring in a flood of cheap products, meat, seafood and other products from other countries that might be less safe and of lower quality than U.S. products, but that are still purchased because they are the cheaper option, Woodall said.
These ecological equivalency agreements affect domestic organic producers in the United States by creating a new market for their products. They also apply to companies that buy organic ingredients in other countries. For example, if there was no ecological equivalence, it could mean that a local producer would not be able to label its product as organic, because an ingredient in a country without an equivalency agreement with U.S. trade agreements could weaken food security legislation in some countries. It is the fear of TTIP for Europe and it is the fear of the TPP of the United States. In both cases, there are stricter food safety rules than the other, and this may have to be compromised in one way or another for the agreement to be concluded.