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!

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New CAST Report Examines Timely Issues of Trade and Biotechnology 
The Impact of Asynchronous Approvals for Biotech Crops on Agricultural Sustainability, Trade, and Innovation 
December 8, 2016…Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa.
This CAST literature review and report looks at problems caused by the current system of asynchronous approvals for biotech crops. The authors focus on the economic effects in countries that are major global commodity exporters and importers, which show that asynchrony in the global approval of new biotech crops…

TRADE, TRADE RELATED ISSUES:

Transition official: Trump will not rip up NAFTA – The Hill – By Alexander Bolton (Dec 5)

“I don’t think we’re looking to rip up NAFTA as much as we are looking to right-size it and make it fairer…He said the Trump transition team is battling what he called a media mischaracterization of Trump’s stance on trade as protectionist or isolationist.”

Link: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/308764-transition-official-trump-will-not-rip-up-nafta

Understanding the Trump Trade Agenda – Wall Street Journal – By Phil Gramm and Michael Solon (Dec 1)

“Returning to the 1950s is impossible. But currency manipulation does hurt American workers… A lesson from that history is that if trade policy is to reinforce tax reform and regulatory relief in promoting economic growth, it must become more fair, not less free.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/understanding-the-trump-trade-agenda-1480638501

Of interest, the following three items are from the Global Times, an English-language Chinese publicaion :

With US turning inward, China must push for free trade – By Ei Sun Oh (Dec 4)

Link: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1021841.shtml

Trump eyes new path to keeping American leadership – By Jin Canrong (Dec 4)

Link: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1021842.shtml

China and global leadership in a post-TPP era – By Stephen S. Roach (Dec 4)

Link: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1021857.shtml

Russia, China, and Japan Fill the Trump Trade Gap – Bloomberg Businessweek – By Bruce Einhorn (Dec 1)
“As the incoming administration scorns treaties, others move in.”
Legislation to Open Cuba Ag Trade ‘On Hold’ Pending Trump, Conaway Says – Bloomberg BNA – By Casey Wooten (Dec 1)

Link: https://www.bna.com/legislation-open-cuba-n73014447991/

Not at the back of the queue then! Trump’s top officials say they won’t do trade deals with groups of countries in boon for post-Brexit Britain – Daily Mail (UK) – By Tim Schulthorpe (Dec 1)

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3990064/Not-queue-Trump-s-officials-say-won-t-trade-deals-groups-countries-boon-post-Brexit-Britain.html#ixzz4Rz42w6h9

What is TISA? Could the EU trade deal be the next TTIP? – Express (UK) – By Alice Foster (Dec 2)

“TISA has stayed under the radar unlike TTIP, the EU’s doomed trade deal with the US. But what is it?”

Link: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/739250/TISA-what-is-trade-deal-EU-US-countries-WTO-members-Trade-in-Services-Agreement-facts

South Africa to Allow U.S. GM Corn Imports for First Time – Bloomberg – By Antony Sguazzin and Thembisile Dzonzi (Dec 6)

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-05/s-africa-to-allow-imports-of-gm-corn-from-u-s-for-first-time

Mexico Overtakes Canada as No. 2 U.S. Exporter Ahead of Trump – Bloomberg – By Greg Quinn and Nacha Cattan (Dec 6)

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-06/mexico-overtakes-canada-as-no-2-u-s-exporter-ahead-of-trump

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, RELATED ISSUES:

Feed the Soil First, Then Feed the World – AgWeb.com – By Patrick Heffer, Int’l Fertilizer Association (Dec 5)

“[T]aking care of our soil has to become a global priority, especially in the regions where climate change hits hardest and food insecurity is still rife.”

Link: http://www.agweb.com/article/feed-the-soil-first-then-feed-the-world-naa-agweb-guest-editor/

‘Climate smart’ pulses are key to global food security: FAO – Food Navigator – By Niamh Michail (Dec 5)

‘Climate smart’ pulses are essential to global food security by delivering high-nutrition protein to people and critical nutrients to soil, said the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on World Soil Day.

3D printed meat opportunity analysed by Australia – GlobalMeatNews – By Oscar Rousseau (Dec 2)

“3D printed meat technology could be the “next big advancement” for the protein industry, according to a research paper published by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).”

Are these genetically engineered cows the future of medicine? – The Verge – By Alessandra Potenza (Dec 3)

Link: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/3/13819482/genetically-engineered-animals-drugs-sab-cows-pharming-future

Monsanto says next breakthrough for farmers Is a friendly fungus – Farm Futures / Bloomberg – By Lydia Mulvany (Dec 5)

“Monsanto and Novozymes have developed seed coating that boosts corn plants in earliest growth stages.”

Link: http://farmfutures.com/story-monsanto-says-next-breakthrough-farmers-friendly-fungus-0-150214

To Cure Crop Disease Faster, Add Bugs – MIT Technology Review – By Emily Mullin (Dec 2)

“DARPA scientists think they can use insects to deliver genetic changes to crops.”

Link: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603004/to-cure-crop-disease-faster-add-bugs/

Gene editing yields tomatoes that flower and ripen weeks earlier – Phys.org (Dec 5)

Link: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-gene-yields-tomatoes-ripen-weeks.html

After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback – NPR, The Salt – By Greg Allen (Dec 4)

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/04/503183540/after-a-sour-decade-florida-citrus-may-be-near-a-comeback

Feds presidents sees upside to genetic modification – Stuff (New Zealand) – By Pat Deavoll (Dec 6)

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/87264824/gm-continued

Technology will guide next generation of farmers – Southwest Farm Press – By Ron Smith (Dec 6)

Link: http://www.southwestfarmpress.com/biotechnology/technology-will-guide-next-generation-farmers

 

Three items of interest from Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA on Dec 7:

Brazil Expected to Release GE Sugarcane in 2017

GE Cowpea Seeds to be Available for Nigerian Farmers in 2019

Dept of Agri Anticipates GM Maize Planting Expansion in Vietnam

On ‘GMOs’, The New York Times Violates The Rule Of Holes: When You’re In A Hole, Stop Digging – Forbes.com – By Henry I. Miller (Dec 6)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/12/06/on-gmos-the-new-york-times-ignores-the-rule-of-holes-when-youre-in-a-hole-stop-digging/#14ba417d3fea

 

REGULATORY, POLICY, ACTIVISM, RELATED ISSUES:

Organic foods lost big in this election – Newsday (New York) By Dan Perrin, InsideSources.com (Dec 1)

“Another issue for the organics lobby is whether they will keep their influence with federal regulators. Activists within the government have been suspected of tampering with regulatory findings in ways that have helped pro-organic groups, holding up authorizations and hurting traditional farmers.”

Link: http://www.newsday.com/opinion/organic-foods-lost-big-in-this-election-1.12694332

Pew Research Center: The GMO debate is hugely polarizing, but the divide ‘does not fall along familiar political fault lines’ – Food Navigator USA – By Elaine Watson (Dec 2)

“Think anti-GMO sentiment is primarily the preserve of white college educated liberals? Think again, says Pew Research Center, which has just conducted a consumer survey suggesting that attitudes on GMOs, organics, and other food issues are “conspicuously not political.””

Group pushes for cancer warning label on processed meat, poultry – Feedstuffs – By Krissa Welshans (Dec 2)

“[Center for Science in the Public Interest] is asking for labels of all meat and poultry products preserved by smoking, curing, salting and/or the addition of chemical preservatives to bear this message: “USDA WARNING…”

Link: http://feedstuffs.com/story-group-pushes-cancer-warning-label-processed-meat-poultry-45-150137

Are GMO producers covering up ‘just like’ Big Tobacco? – Food Science Institute – By James Cooper (Dec 3)

“The only evidence we find of mendacity and conspiracy is in Seralini’s and Carman’s papers, which have been found to be wanting of solid, believable science…and… the organic industry is spending upwards of $2 1/2 billion opposing transgenic crops.”

Link: https://foodscienceinstitute.com/2016/12/03/are-gmo-producers-covering-up-just-like-big-tobacco/

Farmers push back against animal welfare laws –  LaCross Tribune (Wisc) – By 

“Our nation’s ability to protect its food supply can be threatened by unnecessary regulations driven by activist agendas, often by people who’ve never set foot on farmland or have no idea what it takes to produce a crop”

Link: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/farmers-push-back-against-animal-welfare-laws/article_be4d2a86-a516-587a-a27e-ec7c6e0e4fc7.html

Buy only “hormone free” meat? Farmer says don’t be fooled by deceptive labels – Genetic Literacy Project – By 

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/12/05/buy-hormone-free-meat-farmer-says-dont-fooled-deceptive-labels/

Public sector researchers defend science at UN biodiversity meeting in Cancun – Cornell Alliance for Science – By Mark Lynas (Dec 5)

Link: http://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/public-sector-researchers-defend-science-un-biodiversity-meeting-cancun

Oregon teacher: Anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva talk in Eugene slippery on facts – Genetic Literacy Project – By 

Link:  https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/12/07/oregon-teacher-anti-gmo-activist-vandana-shiva-talk-eugene-slippery-facts/

Drain The Regulatory Swamp, Let Agriculture Bloom – Forbes.com – By John J. Cohrssen and Henry I. Miller (Dec 7)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/12/07/drain-the-regulatory-swamp-let-agriculture-bloom/#27dc0f4a4d13