An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Tue Jul 29, 2014 06:05 AM CDT

In the spirit of walking a mile in another's shoes, let's examine, with as much sympathy as we can muster, the European Union's main agricultural demand in the U.S.-EU free-trade talks -- even though it's a demand one U.S. senator has called "ridiculous" and "absurd."

The EU limits the rights to more than 3,000 food names to producers in the areas where the products originated. Under this system of "geographical indications," or GIs, only ham produced in Germany's Black Forest can be called black forest ham; only cheese made in the Roquefort area of France can be called Roquefort.

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