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Rice Is Sticky Issue In Trade Talks

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Japan doesn't want and doesn't need U.S. rice imports. U.S. farmers want to export more rice to Japan and other Asian nations. Who will win as trade negotiators hammer out rice agreements for the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Peter Timmer, Harvard University professor emeritus of development studies, told Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that he doubts there will be an agreement on rice in the TPP.

"Rice has been a stumbling block on all trade deals in Asia for at least 50 years," Timmer said.

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  • Peter Timmer, Harvard University professor emeritus of development studies.

This segment aired on June 3, 2015.

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