Trade

6:13am

Mon February 10, 2014
Business

Colorado Exports Up, So Is DIA Passenger Traffic

Denver International Airport saw a record number of passengers in January.
Credit Daniel Hoherd / Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado is a growing national contender when it comes to exporting local products overseas, seeing a $400 million increase in manufactured, agricultural and mineral product exports since 2012. We can officially thank Canada for being our biggest international customer.

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3:14pm

Fri January 31, 2014
The Salt

Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 3:39 pm

Cannonball jellyfish soak up the sun on a South Carolina beach. Fishermen are now pursuing the pest that used to clog their shrimping nets.
Courtesy of Steven Giese

On the Southeast coast of the U.S., jellyfish have earned a lengthy rap sheet for stinging beachgoers and getting tangled in shrimpers' nets. But lately, the tides have turned for shrimping, and some fishermen in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are reaping profits from their local pests, the cannonball jellyfish, or "jellyballs."

"The shrimp season [of 2013] was the worst ever in history here," says Howell Boone, a shrimp trawler in Darien, Ga."The jellyfish industry has been about the best thing that's happened to us."

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3:15pm

Wed January 15, 2014
The Salt

German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 7:12 pm

German farmer Rudolf Buehler and other opponents of the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement protest with 17 pigs in front of the chancellor's office building in Berlin on Wednesday.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

When German farmers and activists descended upon Chancellor Angela Merkel's office building Wednesday morning, they brought along some special guests — 17 pigs. The stunt was the latest European backlash against a proposed free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe.

Under the watchful eye of German police officers, the pigs munched happily on straw strewn across the pavement to keep the herd from running amok.

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1:37am

Thu January 9, 2014
The Salt

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:21 am

Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.

Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.

In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. has tripled since 1994.

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8:38am

Tue December 31, 2013
Agriculture

How An Animal Growth Promoter Is Affecting Overseas Trade

Tyler Karney is manager of Ordway Feedyard in eastern Colorado, where he raises 6,500 Holsteins for the four largest beef companies.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

So I got my serious #agnerd geek on this month in looking at the continuing story in the beef industry about using a controversial growth promoter to bulk up cattle.

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