TRADE:

Obama and Castro agree US trade embargo must end in Cuba – BBC News (21 Mar)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35867590

Cuba’s Cold Shoulder – Bloomberg Businessweek – By Patrick Symmes (17 Mar)

Despite U.S. overtures, the island’s entrenched socialists remain intransigent about trade.

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-17/cuba-s-socialist-regime-drags-its-feet-on-trade-with-u-s

 

Surprise: Americans Kind Of Like Trade – NPR – By Danielle Kurtzleben (20 Mar)

Americans are feeling pretty positive about foreign trade these days. In addition, most mainstream economists think trade is (on balance) a good thing. But criticizing trade deals remains an effective stump topic..

Link: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/20/470836658/surprise-americans-kind-of-like-trade

 

Trump and Sanders agree on trade – and Asia is worried – The Strait Times (Singapore) – By Yasmine Yahya (20 Mar)

[M]any Asian economies rely on trade and are eagerly awaiting the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Link: http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/trump-and-sanders-agree-on-trade-and-asia-is-worried

 

Corn farmers will benefit from trade deal – Wisconsin State Journal – By Jim Zimmerman (20 Mar)

As a corn farmer here in Fond du Lac County, I want to set the record straight about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what it would mean for farmers like me, as well as rural communities, businesses and consumers throughout our state.

Link: http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/column/jim-zimmerman-corn-farmers-will-benefit-from-trade-deal/article_68aecc26-a0ab-5141-92f3-5697c5a33efd.html

Anti-trade rhetoric rooted in myths – Asbury Park Press – By Robert Samuelson (20 Mar)

Link: http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/03/20/samuelson-anti-trade-rhetoric-rooted-myths/82045978/

If only we could bottle American trade hypocrisy – The Globe & Mail (Canada) – By Konrad Yakabuski (17 Mar)

Canadians are all too familiar with the time-tested ritual of U.S. politicians trash-talking trade deals during presidential election years only to embrace said deals once in office.

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/if-only-we-could-bottle-american-trade-hypocrisy/article29275535/

Indonesia-Australia trade deal expected in 18 months after long wait – Food Navigator Asia – By RJ Whitehead (17 Mar)

After almost four years of stalled talks, it appears that a trade agreement between Indonesia and Australia might be nearing its conclusion.

BIOTECH, CROPS, LABELS, etc:

Warning Libels – The Weekly Standard – By Blake Hurst (28 Mar edition)

Giving GMO foods a bad–and costly–rap.

Link: http://www.weeklystandard.com/warning-libels/article/2001633

 

How gene editing will help solve the world’s looming food crisis – The Week – By Alexis Boncy (17 Mar)

A global food crisis is looming. And the best place to address it could be in a scientist’s lab.

Link: http://theweek.com/articles/609946/how-gene-editing-help-solve-worlds-looming-food-crisis

 

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either – Forbes.com – by Steven Savage (19 Mar)

An ethical problem with the tactics that some organic advocates and marketers employ which seriously misrepresents their “conventional” competition

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensavage/2016/03/19/why-i-dont-buy-organic-and-why-you-might-want-to-either/#68eb7c901c2e

 

Bayer Plans to Take on Monsanto in Brazil With GMO Soybean Seeds – Bloomberg – By Gerson Freitas Jr (9 Mar)

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-09/bayer-plans-to-take-on-monsanto-in-brazil-with-gmo-soybean-seeds

 

Kenyan researchers step up trials for genetically altered crops in bid to fight hunger – Daily Nation (Kenya) – By James Kariuki (14 Mar)

Link: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/GM-crops-key-to-fighting-hunger/-/1056/3116238/-/tmf9nmz/-/index.html

 

Boulder County panel favors allowing GMO crops, monitoring them closely – Longmont Times-Call (Colorado) – By John Fryar (15 Mar)

Link: http://www.timescall.com/news_region-news/ci_29643963/boulder-county-panel-favors-al

 

Cheerios maker General Mills to label GMOs in U.S. products – Reuters – By Lisa Baertlein (18 Mar)

General Mills Inc said on Friday it would begin putting labels on U.S. products that contain genetically engineered ingredients, a move it said was forced by a Vermont law that will require food packages in that state to include such information on July 1.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-general-mills-gmo-labeling-idUSKCN0WK2H4

Using Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika Is The Right Thing To Do – Forbes.com – By Arthur Caplan (16 Mar)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/arthurcaplan/2016/03/16/using-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-to-fight-zika-is-the-right-thing-to-do/#790899e261f4

 

Safe, proven biotechnology deserves non-stigmatizing national labeling standard – The Hill – By Julie Borlaug (16 Mar)

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/273059-safe-proven-biotechnology-deserves-non-stigmatizing-national

 

Louise H. Calderwood: Genetically modified crops — from the farmer’s perspective – VTDigger (15 Mar)

Link: http://vtdigger.org/2016/03/15/louise-h-calderwood-genetically-modified-crops-from-the-farmers-perspective/