It’s a busy week on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC – and around the world – regarding a number of issues related to agriculture and trade.  Top among them is the Senate Agriculture Committee markup Tuesday 1 March of the bill proposed by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to standardize food labeling at the federal level.  News about that and other items of interest are below.

 

The Hill, Congress BlogGMO labeling – follow the money – By John Bode (Feb 26)

“Certain parts of the organic food industry are funding the campaign for mandatory on package GMO labels so the products they compete against will bear a label that scares consumers. If their competitors sell less, they will sell more.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/270818-gmo-labeling-follow-the-money

 

 

The Christian Science Monitor – How a Chinese acquisition could put genetically modified foods on menu – By Stuart Leavenworth (Feb 29)

“A proposed $43 billion takeover by a Chinese firm of a Swiss producer of genetically engineered seeds sets up a challenge to winning over Chinese consumers skeptical of GMOs.”

Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0229/How-a-Chinese-acquisition-could-put-genetically-modified-foods-on-menu

 

The GuardianSouth Africa to ease some GM crop rules to avert food crisis (Feb 23)

“Country plans to ramp up maize imports from the US and Mexico amid the worst drought in a century”.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/23/south-africa-to-ease-some-gm-crop-rules-to-avert-food-crisis

 

Lafayette Journal & Courier (Indiana) – Daniels calls out GMO opponents – By Meghan Holden (Feb 28)

“[The head of Purdue and former Indiana governor Mitch] Daniels said many people knowingly misstate the facts regarding GMOs and those people hold too much sway in the argument.

Read more: http://www.jconline.com/story/news/college/2016/02/28/daniels-calls-out-gmo-opponents/80991926/

 

The Southern Times (Africa) – More African countries approve GM crop trials – By Sifelani Tsiko (Feb 25)

“Africa is quietly changing course of genetically modified crops field testing by giving conditional approval for crop trials as most countries on the continent now see the use of science, technology and innovation as a vehicle to achieve food security for the increasing population.”

Read more: http://southernafrican.news/2016/02/25/more-african-countries-approve-gm-crop-trials/

 

BloombergBuffett’s Son Calls for Farmers Not to Treat Soil ‘Like Dirt’ – By Alan Bjerga (Feb 25)

“How you take care of your soil makes a difference,” Buffett said in a talk that he peppered with details from his own farm, including a 227-per-acre corn yield last year, well above national averages. “If you treat it like dirt, that’s what you’ll get.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-25/howard-buffett-says-u-s-farmers-must-change-to-avoid-regulation

 

Embassy (Canada) – MacAulay: Ag growth rooted in sound science – By Lawrence MacAulay (Feb 24)

There’s no question that science-based regulatory systems provide an environment conducive to trade and innovation.

Read morehttp://www.embassynews.ca/opinion/2016/02/24/ag-growth-rooted-in-sound-science/48280

 

Longmont Times-Call (Colorado) – GMO crops attacked, defended in early hours of marathon Boulder County hearing – By John Fryar (Feb 29)

“Farmland should not be managed by political activists,” Schlagel said. “It should be managed by farmers.”

Read more: http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_29577410/gmo-crops-attacked-defended-early-hours-marathon-boulder

 

BloombergEU Completes Legal Review of Free-Trade Accord With Canada – By Jonathan Stearns, Josh Wingrove (Feb 29)

The EU-Canada agreement, projected by both sides to take effect in 2017…

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-29/eu-completes-legal-review-of-free-trade-agreement-with-canada