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 on July 14:

House passes GMO labeling bill – The Hill – By Lydia Wheeler (July 14)

“A bill to create a federal labeling standard for foods with genetically modified ingredients and block states from issuing their own laws sailed through the House on Thursday.

The bill, which passed by a 306 to 117 vote, directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a national labeling standard that allows food producers to choose how they want to disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients.

Under the legislation, manufacturers will be able to use text, symbols or a QR code that consumers must scan with a smartphone to relay the information.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/legislation/287743-house-passes-gmo-labeling-bill

The GMO Labeling Farce – Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook (July 13)

“The organic food lobby wants to raise the cost of your groceries.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-gmo-labeling-farce-1468451457

GMO food labeling agreement is a big win for businesses, consumers and farmers – The Hill – By Pamela G. Bailey and Charles Conner (July 13)

Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/287568-gmo-food-labeling-agreement-is-a-big-win-for

TRADE:

Britain Is Open for Business – The Wall Street Journal – Opinion by George Osborne (July 10)

“For the first time in 40 years, the U.K. will set its own trade terms. The conversation starts with the U.S. and Nafta nations.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/britain-is-open-for-business-1468184332

Sanders loses on trade at Democratic platform meeting – The Washington Post – By Dave Weigel (July 9)

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/09/sanders-loses-on-trade-at-democratic-platform-meeting/

GOP platform panel strikes references to TPP – Politico – By Kyle Cheney (July 11)

Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/republican-platform-panel-tpp-225364

Mexico’s president defends North American, Pacific trade deals – The Hill – By Vicki Needham (July 10)

“[T]rade is vital across North America and an Asia-Pacific agreement will further strengthen the relationship with the U.S. and Canada, countering anti-trade rhetoric.”

Link: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/287163-mexicos-president-defends-north-american-trade

Presidential Campaigns Dim Hopes for Trace Pact OK – RealClearPolitics – By James Arkin (July 11)

Link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/07/11/presidential_campaigns_dim_hopes_for_trade_pact_ok_131144.html

EU and US negotiators gather for more TTIP talks – EUObserver – By Aleksandra Erikkson (July 11)

Link: https://euobserver.com/economic/134285

Promoting Free Trade in Agriculture – Heritage Foundation, Backgrounder #3136 on Trade – By Scott Lincicome (July 11)

Link: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/07/promoting-free-trade-in-agriculture

How Would U.S.-Canada Trade Fare in an Age of Protectionism? – Knowledge@Wharton (July 12)

Link: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/u-s-canada-trade-fare-age-protectionism/

GOP platform committee backs Trump on trade, foreign policy, immigration – USA Today – By David Jackson (July 12)

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/12/donald-trump-republican-platform-trade-foreign-policy/86980912/

Obama’s trade agenda losing critical support as McConnell calls TPP passage unlikely – The Washington Post – By Paul Kane (July 12)

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/07/12/obamas-trade-agenda-losing-critical-support-as-mcconnell-calls-tpp-passage-unlikely/

Trade Divides Both Parties Ahead of Conventions – WSJ Video (July 12)

Trade Deals Left for Dead May Rise Again – Bloomberg View – By Paula Dwyer (July 12)

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-12/trade-deals-left-for-dead-can-rise-again

U.S. trade rep insists TPP is not dead yet – McClatchyDC – By Eleanor Mueller (July 14)

Link: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/economy/article89590927.html

China June exports and imports both fall, trade outlook dim – Reuters – By Kevin Yao (July 13)

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade-idUSKCN0ZT0NO

The EU-Canada trade deal – Fear of the maple menace – The Economist (July 16)

One of Brussels’ biggest trade deals looks uncertain after Brexit

Link: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21702231-one-brussels-biggest-trade-deals-looks-uncertain-after-brexit-fear-maple-menace

Pro-leave economists urge May to embrace unilateral free trade – The Guardian – By Phillip Inman (July 13)

“Economists for Brexit say a complete exit from the EU’s single market would offer ‘substantial benefits of flexibility’”

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/13/brexit-theresa-may-pro-leave-economists-urge-embrace-unilateral-free-trade

Mike Pence, Trump’s likely running mate, has backed every free trade deal in the last 15 years – Quartz – By Tim Fernholz (July 14)

Link: http://qz.com/732245/mike-pence-trumps-likely-running-mate-has-backed-every-free-trade-deal-in-the-last-15-years/

What does Brexit mean for TTIP? – EurActiv.com – By Ferdi De Ville, Gabriel Siles-Brügge (July 14)

Link: http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/opinion/what-does-brexit-mean-for-ttip/

BIOTECH:

Agriculture can adapt biotechnology – East African Business Week – By Samuel Nabwiiso (July 10)

“Uganda’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga has warned that the attainment of the middle income status by 2020 will depend on the extent at which the country will be able to lift a majority of her population who depend on agriculture from the current dominant traditional methods of farming.”

Link: http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5361&pLv=3&srI=84&spI=463

Centre eyes agriculture university farms for trials of GM crops – The Times of India – By Vishwa Mohani (June 25)

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Centre-eyes-agriculture-university-farms-for-trials-of-GM-crops/articleshow/52919726.cms

Lawmaker champions uptake of GMOs to boost food security – Daily Nation (Kenya) – By Charles Wanyoro (July 11)

“He dismissed talks of GMO foods as being responsible for cancer as myth.”

Link: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/Lawmaker-champions-uptake-of-GMOs-to-boost-food-security/-/1107872/3288802/-/3du9i3z/-/index.html

House likely to vote on GMO labeling bill before July 15 recess – Politico, via Genetic Literacy Project – By  (July 12)

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/12/house-likely-to-vote-on-gmo-labeling-bill-before-july-15-recess/

Dow a step closer to commercializing canola oil with meaningful levels of DHA omega-3 – Food Navigator USA – By Elaine Watson (July 12)

“Dow AgroSciences is a step closer to commercializing oil from canola plants bred to produce meaningful amounts of the coveted long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA (3.7%) and EPA (0.7%), which are currently only found in fish, fungi or microalgae, according to a letter in the journal Nature Biotechnology.”

Can rice become a large-scale micronutrient fortification staple? – Food Navigator Asia – By Lynda Searby (July 11)

“For many years, countries across the developing world have fortified staples such as maize flour, wheat flour and oil with micronutrients that are deficient in the diet. In Nigeria, for example, flour, maize, oil and sugar have been fortified with vitamin A since the 1990s.”

What Patagonia Gets Wrong About Sustainable Food – Slate.com – By Jenny Splitter (July 12)

“It’s time for the company to accept that GMOs can be part of the solution.”

Link: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/moneybox/2016/07/patagonia_s_new_film_unbroken_ground_sidesteps_the_company_s_irresponsible.html

How Square Watermelons Get Their Shape, and Other G.M.O. Misconceptions – The New York Times – By Amy Harmon (July 11)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/12/science/gmo-misconceptions.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160711&nlid=52632430&tntemail0=y&_r=1

How Do You Make Meat GMO Free When Most U.S. Feed Isn’t? – Bloomberg – By Deena Shanker (July 13)

“It’s about marketing,” says Michael Halen, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence focusing on packaged food. “People want healthier products, whether or not there’s scientific evidence behind the change.”

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-13/how-do-you-make-meat-gmo-free-when-most-u-s-feed-isn-t

Fresh Absurdity in GMO Labels – The Atlantic – By James Hamblin (July 12)

“A mission to rid government of corporate influence has led Bernie Sanders astray on a crucial point about the future of food.”

Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/how-bernie-sanders-misunderstands-seeds/490673/

Americans Are Buying Gene-Edited Food That’s Not Labeled GMO – Bloomberg – By Craig Giammona and Jack Kaskey (July 14)

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-14/gene-edited-canola-oil-arrives-without-gmo-style-shopper-outrage

How anti-modern farming agroecology NGOs spread GMO misinformation in Africa – Genetic Literacy Project – By Isaac Ongu (July 14)

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/14/anti-modern-farming-agroecology-ngos-spread-gmo-misinformation-africa/

PROTEIN, PRECISION AG, OTHER:

Researchers improve beef quality through cloned cattle – Feedstuffs – By Krissa Welshans (July 5)

Link: http://feedstuffs.com/story-researchers-improve-beef-quality-through-cloned-cattle-45-143569

‘Farmers That Don’t Learn About New Agriculture Technologies Will Get Left Behind’ – Kip Tom of Tom Farms – Ag Funder – By Lauren Manning (July 5)

Link: https://agfundernews.com/farmers-that-dont-learn-about-new-agriculture-technologies-will-get-left-behind6111.html

How startup EM3 Agri Services is tackling farmer’s distress, the Uber way – The Economic Times (India) – By Malini Goyal (July 10)

Cutting-edge animal science needed to feed the world – ABC Rural (Australia) – By Cassandra Hough (July 11)

“Cutting-edge animal production science will be needed if the world is to meet the unprecedented global demand for animal protein.”

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-11/animal-production-conference/7582296

Why do people resist new technologies? History might provide the answer – World Economic Forum – By Calestous Juma (July 6)

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/why-do-people-resist-new-technologies-history-has-answer/

How today’s farmers got a head-start on tomorrow’s tech – CNET – By Shara Tibken (July 5)

“Self-driving vehicles and cloud data? That’s old hat for the modern farmer.”

Link: http://www.cnet.com/news/how-todays-farmers-got-a-head-start-on-tomorrows-tech-self-driving-vehicles-gps-mapping-apps/

Here they come – Cheap robots are coming for our farm jobs by taking the most brutal tasks first – Quartz – Michael J. Coren (July 10)

Link: http://qz.com/726667/cheap-robots-are-coming-for-our-farm-jobs-by-taking-the-most-brutal-tasks-first/

At Oral Argument, Ninth Circuit Appeared Poised To Preempt Hawaii ‘GMO’ Ordinances – Forbes.com – By Greg Herbers (July 12)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/wlf/2016/07/12/at-oral-argument-ninth-circuit-appears-poised-to-preempt-hawaii-gmo-ordinances/#28a721c912d4

Would You Rather Buy Organic Or Poison Your Family? EWG Wants You To Pick One – Forbes.com – By Kavin Senapathy (July 12)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/07/12/would-you-rather-buy-organic-or-poison-your-family-ewg-wants-you-to-pick-one/#7946c7a72b1a

Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields – SciDev.Net – by Baraka Raten’ (July 12)

Link: http://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/icts/news/mobile-app-rain-forecasts-farmers-yields.html?mc_cid=7312d95591&mc_eid=5139430f0d

Saving Fish By Farming Them – Bloomberg View – by Justin Fox (July 14)

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-14/aquaculture-can-save-the-world-s-fish