RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has begun to press the European Union at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over how France is expanding its soybean production. The questions are whether production is environmentally sustainable and if subsidies used in the program are legal.
These questions, presented by Brazil in the WTO Committee on Agriculture, go far beyond the technical aspect, and have a political component, given the tension in relations between Brasilia and Paris over the protection . . .