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May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

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The Coronavirus came out of nowhere and has crippled the world economy, killing
thousands and thousands of people. The virus is not through yet either. Look at Brazil.
President Trump just shut off travel from Brazil to the US. As our new cases have declined,
things are getting better here. Our economy is starting to open up. We can’t stay locked down.
China is where the virus originated. Loud voices screaming from both parties to see who can be
tougher on China. China allowed the virus to spread all over the world and now they plan to put
a heavy hand on Hong Kong. Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden says President
Trump is too soft on China. What should the US response be? Will President Trump abandon
the “Phase One” China trade deal? Let’s hope not. China has committed to buy $80 billion of
ag products. President Trump negotiated a good deal for the US and especially agriculture. He
made progress on protecting our intellectual property.

Turn to the UK – Prime Minister Johnson wants a comprehensive trade deal with the US
and he wants it done soon. We are ready but the fact that the UK has not finalized a trade deal in
their separation from the European Union may be a problem. Speaking of the EU, they have
adopted some sweeping goals for their agriculture industry that to me are shocking. They want
to transform how Europeans farm and what they eat. They want 25% of their food production to
be organic. They want to dramatically reduce the chemicals used in farming by 50%. Fertilizer
is to be cut by 20%. If they don’t use some chemicals to kill the weeds, they will need a lot more
labor to hoe the crops. They don’t use biotechnology now to keep the corn borer and root worms
at bay. That’s one reason why they use more pesticides than we do. Their goal is to reduce
carbon emissions and improve water quality. That’s good. But here is what will happen. They
will produce less food.

We all know that organic farming delivers less food. If the farmers of the world don’t
accept and utilize new technology, yields could be 30% less. Who is going to starve? Of course,
the world could cut down more forest land in order to produce enough food. I don’t think the EU
plan makes much sense.

Until next week, this is John Block reporting from Washington, D.C. If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com.

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May 13 2020

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May 6 2020

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The cost of unemployment and economic hardship from the global coronavirus pandemic
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April 29 2020

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The food industry is trying to cope with serious supply chain problems. Coronavirus has
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Tough Year

April 23 2020

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Look back to when this year started – economists and ag experts were all predicting an
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Food Industry Challenge

April 16 2020

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Let’s start with some good news. Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and other oil producing
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Challenging Times

April 8 2020

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There isn’t a lot of happy talk in the U.S. or around the world. These are depressing
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Virus and Low Prices

April 2 2020

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We have never seen anything like the Coronavirus. It has been infecting countries all
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The Frozen Economy

March 26 2020

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After months of uncertainty, the biofuels industry got some good news. The EPA had
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March 18 2020

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It seems like overnight we went from a booming economy to shutting everything down.
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