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 (newly added items will be in green at bottom of sections). ?Be sure to check in regularly!

 

TRADE:

France claims TTIP talks likely to stop – EurActiv with Reuters (May 3)

Link:?https://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/france-claims-ttip-talks-likely-to-stop/

Americans Split on Idea of Withdrawing From Trade Treaties -?By Frank Newport -?Gallup (Apr 28)

Link:?http://www.gallup.com/poll/191135/americans-split-idea-withdrawing-trade-treaties.aspx

Trump rhetoric shows need to remake case for trade – Zoellick -?The Star Online (Malaysia) (Apr 28)

Link:?http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2016/04/28/trump-rhetoric-shows-need-to-remake-case-for-trade–zoellick/

Florida Is Worried About a Cuban Fruit Invasion – Bloomberg – By Alan Bjerga and Marvin G Perez (Apr 29)

Link:?http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-28/food-fight-with-castro-spells-trouble-for-biggest-florida-crops

Alarmist headlines (on TTIP) are a storm in a teacup: EU trade policy chief?- Feed Navigator -?By Jane Byrne (May-2)

“EU trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstr?m, quickly moved to dismiss concerns about the EU position in TTIP negotiations with the US following the Greenpeace leaks today.”

Canadian GMO soy producers, EU, and the CETA trade deal – Radio Canada Int’l (May 3)

Link:?http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/05/03/canadian-gmo-soy-producers-eu-and-the-ceta-trade-deal/

Japan, EU leaders agree to accelerate free trade talks – The Japan Times / Kyodo (May 3)

Link:?http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/04/business/japan-eu-leaders-agree-accelerate-free-trade-talks/#.VyuMsDArKhd

Argentina farm exports soar in first quarter following elimination of taxes and controls – MercoPress (May 5)

“Argentine farm exports rocketed 68% higher in the first quarter compared to the same 2015 period, thanks to new policies that prompted growers to sell stockpiles built up under the previous administration, the government announced.”

Link:?http://en.mercopress.com/2016/05/05/argentina-farm-exports-soar-in-first-quarter-following-elimination-of-taxes-and-controls

Merkel says working for U.S.-EU trade deal this year – Reuters (May 4)

Link:?http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-ttip-merkel-idUSKCN0XV2GC

TPP signed off by select committee – Radio New Zealand (May 5)

Link:?http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/303131/tpp-signed-off-by-select-committee

Caught in the Middle: Farmers Seek a New and Improved GMO Debate – Modern Farmer – By Brian Barth (May 2)

Link:?http://modernfarmer.com/2016/05/caught-middle-farmers-seek-new-improved-gmo-debate/

?The Facebook Age of Science? at the World Health Organization – National Review – By David Zaruck & Julie Kelly (May 3)

Link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434845/WHO-cancer-agency-bad-science-labels-glyphosate-probably-carcinogenic

ADM, Bunge Won’t Buy Monsanto’s New Genetically Modified Soy – Bloomberg – By Shruti Singh and Lydia Mulvany (May 3)

Link:?http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-02/adm-bunge-refuse-to-trade-monsanto-genetically-modified-soybean

Why I Buy GMO Seeds – Forbes.com – By Brian Scott (May 3)

Link:?http://www.forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/05/03/why-i-buy-gmo-seeds/#4794e4b65ee6

Grassley says GMO-labeling bill won’t be done by July?- The Des Moines Register – By Christopher Doering (May 2)

Link:?http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/05/02/grassley-says-gmo-labeling-bill-wont-done-july/83832360/

The woman behind GMO technology on feeding the world and never-ending controversy – Tech Insider – By Ariel Schwartz (May 5)

Link:?http://www.techinsider.io/mary-dell-chilton-on-feeding-the-world-and-gmo-controversy-2016-5

Even the Critics Are Coming Around on GMOs – Pacific Standard – By James McWilliams (May 4)

“Food labeling initiatives that were originally meant to take GMOs down a peg bother biotechnology advocates, but the debate may be what pushed consumers to better understand a complicated issue.”

Link:?https://psmag.com/even-the-critics-are-coming-around-on-gmos-689197905f9c#.p9r3w07q5

Without GMOs, South African maize yields would be lower -industry group – Reuters (May 3)

Link:?http://in.reuters.com/article/safrica-drought-gmo-idINL5N180298

DA asked to push for biotech law – Business Mirror (Philippines) – By Mary Grace Padin (May 5)

Link:?http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/da-asked-to-push-for-biotech-law/

Ethiopia: Improving Agricultural Productivity Through Technology – allAfrica / The Ethiopian Herald – By Abebe Woldegiorgis (May 5)

Link:?http://allafrica.com/stories/201605050976.html

OTHER:

Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef – Skeptoid – By Brian Dunning (May 3)

Link:?https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4517

New corn policy could prompt shift in Chinese agri-production?- Food Navigator Asia -?By RJ Whitehead (May 4)

“By cancelling the corn temporary purchase and storage policy after eight years, Chinese authorities may have precipitated a seismic shift in the country?s corn and its deep-processing industries through this crucial supply-side reform.”

World’s No. 1 Herbicide Said to Face Shorter EU Reauthorization – Bloomberg – By Jonathan Stearns (May 4)

“The European Commission plans to seek a nine-year renewal of the license in Europe for glyphosate instead of the usual 15 years…”

Link:?http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/world-s-no-1-herbicide-said-to-face-shorter-eu-reauthorization

Food crop yield to benefit from nanoparticle innovation, study predicts?- Food Navigator -?By Will Chu (May 5)

“Nanoparticle technology could be used to improve the way beans absorb nutrients, boosting growth in order to meet the demand for food, a study has highlighted.”

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors – New York Times – By Andrew Pollack (May 4)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/business/agriculture-start-ups-get-boost-from-big-firms-and-investors.html