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!

**Breaking News as of Thursday 23 June:

Roberts, Stabenow reach deal on GMO labeling – Agri-Pulse – By Philip Brasher (June 23)

Link: http://www.agri-pulse.com/Roberts-Stabenow-reach-deal-on-GMO-labeling-06232016.asp

Senate lawmakers reach deal on labeling foods with GMOs – Des Moines Register – By Christopher Doering (June 23)

Link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/06/23/senate-lawmakers-reach-deal-labeling-foods-gmos/86291998/

TRADE:

The EU tries to grab all the cheese – Politico – By Clay Hough (June 8)

Europe wants U.S. dairy companies to stop using generic names like parmesan and feta. They’re getting greedy.

Link: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/06/european-union-trade-cheese-geographical-indicators-000141#ixzz4BDFVDAET

Mexico, Singapore leaders back TPP ratification – New Strait Times / AFP (June 11)

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151101/mexico-singapore-leaders-back-tpp-ratification

NZ hosts talks for RCEP trade deal which could ‘dwarf’ TPPA – Stuff (New Zealand) – By John Anthony (June 13)

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80998906/rcep-trade-deal-negotiations-underway-in-auckland

What would Brexit mean for farmers and the Common Agricultural Policy? – The Telegraph (UK) – By Emily Gosden, Marion Dakers (June 13)

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/13/what-would-brexit-mean-for-farmers-and-the-common-agricultural-p/

Brazil and Argentina crop problems raise demand for US supplies – MercoPress (June 14)

Link: http://en.mercopress.com/2016/06/14/brazil-and-argentina-crop-problems-raise-demand-for-us-supplies

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You – NPR, The Salt – By Jeremy Cherfas (June 13)

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/13/481586649/a-map-of-where-your-food-originated-may-surprise-you

US Trade Rep Froman Optimistic About TPP Chances – Wall Street Journal, CFO Journal – By Vipal Monga (June 14)

Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/cfo/2016/06/14/us-trade-rep-froman-optimistic-about-tpp-chances/

Business leaders want free-trade deal before presidential election – Washington Times – By Dave Boyer (June 15)

Link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/15/business-leaders-want-free-trade-deal-presidential/

Frustration, concern over candidates’ anti-TPP stances – AgriNews – By Jeannine Otto (June 14)

Link: http://agrinews-pubs.com/Content/Livestock/PorkNews/Article/Frustration-concern-over-candidates-anti-TPP-stances/9/30/15330

TTIP talks bogged down in food standards debate – EurActiv.com – By Belen Delgado (June 15)

Link: http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/ttip-talks-bogged-down-in-food-standards-debate/

East Africa: NTBs On Reduction Plan to Promote EA Trade – allAfrica/Tanzania Daily News (June 17)

Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170104.html

LABELING, REGULATORY, POLICY, OTHER, etc:

Federal appeals court to hear GMO bans Wednesday – Hawaii Tribune Herald – By Nancy Cook Lauer, West Hawaii Today (June 12)

“Hawaii County’s failed ban on outdoor cultivation of genetically modified crops will be aired Wednesday in a federal court in Honolulu, one of three county cases being appealed after local laws were struck down.”

Link: http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/federal-appeals-court-hear-gmo-bans-wednesday

MI Senator Stabenow’s GMO Labeling Bill Could Serve as Potential Congressional Compromise – The National Law Review – By Lauren Potocsky (June 13)

Link: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/mi-senator-stabenow-s-gmo-labeling-bill-could-serve-potential-congressional

Assaults on modern agriculture – The Hill – Op-ed by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb) (June 8)

“Rejecting scientific advancements in agriculture may be in fashion, but this fad poses great dangers to the affordability and accessibility of food domestically and worldwide.”

Link: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/282763-assaults-on-modern-agriculture

The Non-GMO Food Label Is A Lie – Forbes.com – By Steven Savage (June 11)

“You may have noticed more and more food items being marketed as “Non-GMO Certified.” As Americans, we are familiar with food being sold for what it is not, so we don’t think much about the fundamental absurdity of this new labeling.”

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensavage/2016/06/11/the-non-gmo-food-label-is-a-lie/#74edd48233fa

Food companies appear resigned to GMO labeling – Minneapolis Star Tribune – By Jim Spencer (June 11)

“Due to a new Vermont law, some food companies are already redoing packages.”

Link: http://www.startribune.com/food-companies-appear-resigned-to-gmo-labeling/382514551/

Coalition urges rejecting national organic checkoff – Feedstuffs – By Jacqui Fatka (June 9)

“[the] No Organic Checkoff Coalition, representing 755 signatories, including 25 organic farmer organizations and businesses, said OTA has largely misrepresented organic industry support.”

Link: http://feedstuffs.com/story-coalition-urges-rejecting-national-organic-checkoff-45-142431

Plowing Is Pollution, Dry Streams Are Navigable Water Says Federal District Judge In Duarte “Plow A Field, Go To Jail” Lawsuits – Wine Industry Insight (June 13)

“Plowing a field is pollution according to Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in an order issued June 10 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The decision carries significant implications for agriculture of every sort.”

Link: http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=71789

‘Regulation by litigation’ gaining favor among environmentalists – Delta Farm Press – By Forrest Laws (June 13)

Link: http://deltafarmpress.com/government/regulation-litigation-gaining-favor-among-environmentalists

*** Okay, so just how ambiguous can the World Health Organization’s agency, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), continue to be, about anything and everything.  But given the “heat” they’ve taken over continuously declaring everything under the sun (and including the sun) as a probably carcinogenic, it’s not surprising they tried to hedge themselves a bit on their recent analysis of coffee.  But, the agency still absolutely confounds and confuses people…

Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it’s very hot, says WHO agency – Reuters – By Kate Kelland (June 15)

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-who-coffee-idUSKCN0Z10X9

Senate lawmakers nearing a deal on GMO labeling – Des Moines Register – By Christopher Doering (June 16)

Link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/06/16/senate-lawmakers-nearing-deal-gmo-labeling/85995508/

AG TECH, BIOTECH:

The Weather-Predicting Tech Behind $62 Billion Monsanto Bid – Bloomberg – By Adam Satariano and Alan Bjerga (June 9)

“Technology is boosting farmers’ productivity—and triggering buyout bids like Bayer’s.”

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-09/big-data-technology-is-boosting-farmers-productivity

(Note – GFN member and 2014 Kleckner Award recipient, Ian Pigott from the UK, is quoted)

Delicious mutant foods: Mutagenesis and the genetic modification controversy –  Genetic Literacy Project – By 

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/06/12/pasta-ruby-grapefruits-why-organic-devotees-love-foods-mutated-by-radiation-and-chemicals/

Farmers have modified our food for at least 10,000 years, why does it matter all of a sudden? – Quartz / The Conversation – By James Borrell (June 12)

Link: http://qz.com/659766/farmers-have-modified-our-food-for-at-least-10000-years-why-does-it-matter-all-of-a-sudden/

Food crisis looms as diseases, insurgency, plague farmers – Nigeria Today – By Steve Agbota (June 13)

Link: http://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2016/06/food-crisis-looms-as-diseases-insurgency-plague-farmers/

European Green Party Wants Africans To Remain In Peasant Destitution – Forever — Forbes.com – By Tm Worstall (June 10)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2016/06/10/european-green-party-want-africans-to-remain-in-peasant-destitution-forever/#560627d37e99

Bring technologies to heal the world – The Times of India (June 10)

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Bring-technologies-to-heal-the-world/articleshow/52680161.cms

Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry – Penn State News – By Chuck Gill (June 10)

“By helping farmers increase sustainable production of high-quality cocoa, the research can improve growers’ access to the cocoa value chain, boosting incomes and standards of living in economically depressed regions…”

Link: http://news.psu.edu/story/414345/2016/06/10/research/thirty-years-research-supports-cacao-farmers-chocolate-industry

Think organic food is better for you, animals, and the planet? Think again – The Telegraph (UK) – by Bjorn Lomborg (June 12)

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/12/think-organic-food-is-better-for-you-animals-and-the-planet-thin/

Telling the crop production story, in great detail – Farm Progress – By Willie Vogt (June 16)

“Land O’Lakes and Winfield invest in a new Crop Adventure opening at the Fair Oaks exhibition site.”

Link: http://farmprogress.com/story-telling-crop-productiongreat-detail-8-142739-nl_2_nlr_12?

New plant engineering method to help mass production of malaria drug – Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA (June 15)

Link: http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14501

Role of Science and Technologies in Agriculture – The African Executive – By Akinwumi Adesina (June 14)

Link: http://africanexecutive.com/article.php?section_id=53&&%20article_id=9032

Scientists Hope to Cultivate an Immune System for Crops – New York Times – By Carl Zimmer (June 16)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/science/soil-microbiome-immune-system-pesticides.html?_r=0