News items related to ag biotech, trade – and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculture – will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newly added items will be in green at bottom of sections).  Be sure to check in regularly!

 

AG TECH, BIOTECH, SUSTAINABILITY:

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment – New York Times – By Jayson Lusk (Sept 23)

“There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/why-industrial-farms-are-good-for-the-environment.html?_r=0

Opposed to GMOs? Are Monsanto’s New CRISPR Crops Any Better? – Digital Trends – By Lulu Change (Sept 24)

Link: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/monsanto-licenses-crispsr/

At last, evidence that African agriculture is powering economic transformation – The Conversation – By Thomas Jayne (Sept 25)

“African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to its precarious state 15 years ago. However, progress is uneven across the region.”

Link: https://theconversation.com/at-last-evidence-that-african-agriculture-is-powering-economic-transformation-65656

Adelaide researchers make breakthrough in developing salt tolerant plants – ABC (Australia) – By Brittany Evins (Sept 26)

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-26/salt-tolerant-plants-breakthrough/7877654

Florida farmers ‘test drive’ water-saving technology, see benefits – Southeast Farm Press – By Samantha Grenrock, University of Florida (Sept 23)

Link: http://southeastfarmpress.com/cotton/florida-farmers-test-drive-water-saving-technology-see-benefits

Environmental impacts of GE crops – Biology Fortified – By Anastasia Bodnar (Sept 26)

Link: https://www.biofortified.org/2016/09/env-impacts-gmo/

GMO Animals Could Scramble Environmental Politics, Industry Says – Bloomberg BNA – By David Schultz (Sept 22)

Link: http://www.bna.com/gmo-animals-scramble-n57982077462/

Food security: GM crops to the resuce – The Sun (Nigeria) – By Steve Agbota (Sept 26)

Link: http://sunnewsonline.com/food-security-gm-crops-to-the-rescue/

Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa – FAO (Sept 29)

“Access to farm machinery is key for agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods”

Link: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/436847/icode/

Ratification of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs – Guest Commentary by Stephen Smith (Sept 29)

Link: https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/ratification-international-treaty-plant-genetic-resources-food-agriculture

TRADE, TRADE ISSUES:

Unpopular free trade is better than popular protectionism – The Baltimore Sun – By Sharon Xiaohui Wu (Sept 23)

“The world used to look at America with sheer admiration for its openness and creativity.”

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-free-trade-20160925-story.html

As CETA rises, TTIP falls – Deutsch Welle (Sept 23)

“At a meeting of EU trade ministers, Austria and France pushed for an end to the current round of TTIP free trade negotiations between the US and the EU. This as a similar deal with Canada took a step closer to approval.”

Link: http://www.dw.com/en/as-ceta-rises-ttip-falls/a-19569802

EU-US trade pact under a cloud, Europe mulls change of tack – The Seattle Times – By Lorne Cook, AP (Sept 23)

Link: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/eu-mulls-change-of-tack-on-us-trade-pact/

Russia challenges WTO pork ban verdict – GlobalMeatNews.com – By Oscar Rousseau (Sept 26)

“The Russian government has launched an appeal against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that the Kremlin’s ban on EU pork products is illegal.”

Trade in 2016 to grow at slowest pace since the financial crisis – WTO, press release (Sept 27)

“World trade will grow more slowly than expected in 2016, expanding by just 1.7%, well below the April forecast of 2.8%, according to the latest WTO estimates. The forecast for 2017 has also been revised, with trade now expected to grow between 1.8% and 3.1%, down from 3.6% previously. With expected global GDP growth of 2.2% in 2016, this year would mark the slowest pace of trade and output growth since the financial crisis of 2009.”

Link: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/pres16_e/pr779_e.htm

Clinton’s, Trump’s opposition to trade pact dims growth prospects – San Francisco Chronicle – By Thomas Lee (Sept 26)

Link: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Clinton-s-Trump-s-opposition-to-trade-pact-9283943.php

Canada works to counter protectionist mood of U.S. campaign – Reuters (Sept 26)

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-canada-idUSKCN11W0BC?il=0

How passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be good for America – The Washington Post – By Ursula M. Burns and Arne M. Sorenson (Sept 27)

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-passing-the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-be-good-for-america/2016/09/27/5fcd31b4-8386-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html?utm_term=.bf951b737383

This little bean could lead to big third-quarter GDP – MarketWatch – By Jeffry Bartash (Sept 29)

“Soybean surge could boost U.S. growth to as much as 4%”

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-little-bean-could-lead-to-big-third-quarter-gdp-2016-09-29

LABELING, POLICY, REGULATORY, ETC:

‘Non-GMO’ milk label angers some farmers – San Francisco Chronicle – By Tara Duggan (Sept 22)

“…the designation could end up meaning little when it comes to their health, and that of the environment.”

Link: http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/Non-GMO-milk-label-angers-some-farmers-9240037.php

New law means new label flexibility for organic producers – Farm Progress (Sept 26)

“Non-GMO label claims must be carefully worded so they do not confuse or mislead consumers”

Link: http://farmprogress.com/story-new-law-means-new-label-flexibility-organic-producers-25-147010-nl_2_nlr_12

Nobel Laureate: EU politicians ignore ‘politically unwelcome’ GMO science – EurActiv – By Sarantis Michalopoulos (Sept 26)

“Since there is now no reason to think anyone would be sorry when the technology has proven to be at least as safe, if not safer, than traditional plant breeding this argument is meaningless.”

Link: https://www.euractiv.com/section/science-policymaking/interview/nobelist-eu-politicians-ignore-politically-unwelcome-science/

PD Editorial: No on Measure M: The science just doesn’t warrant it – The Press Democrat (Sonoma County, Calif) – (Sept 27)

Link: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6122291-181/pd-editorial-no-on-measure

USDA approves Arctic Fuji for deregulation – The Packer – By Tom Karst (

Link: http://www.thepacker.com/news/usda-approves-arctic-fuji-deregulation

Hershey Offical Confident in SmartLable Technology – Brownfield – By Ken Anderson (Sept 27)

Link: https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/hershey-official-confident-in-smartlabel-technology/