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!

 

**Senate passes GMO labeling compromise – Farm Futures (July 8)

“The Senate on Thursday passed the Roberts-Stabenow compromise on GMO labeling, 63-30″

Link: http://farmfutures.com/story-senate-passes-gmo-labeling-compromise-0-143745

POLICY, LABELING, REGULATION, etc.:

As Vermont GMO law takes effect, Senate debates national standard – Minneapolis Star Tribune – By Jim Spencer (July 2)

“Last Friday, Vermont implemented the country’s first law that makes food distributors reveal the presence of genetically engineered ingredients…In a few weeks, that law could be dead.”

Link: http://www.startribune.com/as-vermont-gmo-law-takes-effect-senate-debates-national-standard/385247351/

How vegetarians, gluten-frees, grain-frees and other L.A. food tribes ruined my BBQ tradition – Los Angeles Times – Op-ed by Robin Rauzi (July 1)

“Back in 2011, when the tradition began, I didn’t fully appreciate the proliferation of distinct food tribes, many of which would have starved in the spear-chucking days.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rauzi-la-bbq-food-tribes-20160701-snap-story.html

Ag’s aging infrastructure: Capital needed to modernize, expand – Southwest Farm Press – By Ron Smith (July 5)

Link: http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/ag-s-aging-infrastructure-capital-needed-modernize-expand

France will trial mandatory country of origin labelling for two years – Food Navigator – By Niamh Michail (July 6)

“France will be trialling mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and dairy in prepared foods for two years, a move which has split industry.”

Consumer survey suggests Vermont GMO labels ‘strongly mislead consumers,’ claims CRA – Food Navigator USA – By Elaine Watson (July 6)

“An industry-backed survey of 1,665 online primary shoppers suggests that Vermont’s mandatory GMO labels “strongly mislead consumers,” claims the Corn Refiners Association (CRA).”

EPA Gives More Time to Comment on Atrazine – AgWeb – By Alison Rice (July 6)

Link: http://www.agweb.com/article/epa-gives-more-time-to-comment-on-atrazine-naa-alison-rice/

Report: Vermont Supermarkets Lose 3,000 Products Over GMO Law – AgWeb – By Ben Potter (July 6)

Link: http://www.agweb.com/article/report-vermont-supermarkets-lose-3000-products-over-gmo-law-naa-ben-potter/

TRADE:

Obama backtracks on trade warning after Brexit vote – New York Post / AP (July 2)

“President Barack Obama is backtracking on his warning that Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.”

Link: http://nypost.com/2016/07/02/obama-backtracks-on-trade-warning-after-brexit-vote/

Potential Clinton VP Perez still supports trade deal – Politico – By Kevin Robillard (July 3)

Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/tom-perez-trade-pacific-225067#ixzz4DT5D1yXM

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU’s precautionary principle – EurActiv – By Cécile Barbière; Translated By Samuel White (July 1)

Link: http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/ceta-and-ttip-threaten-the-eus-precautionary-principle/

Is Free Trade Dead? – Investor’s Business Daily – Commentary by Terry Jones (July 2)

“[C]riticizing trade deals because they make trade freer is a little like criticizing the Indy 500 because the cars go fast.”

Link: http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/is-free-trade-dead-clinton-trump-fight/

Protectionism won’t make America great – Columbia Tribune (Missouri) – By Rich Lowry, Creators Syndicate (July 5)

Link: http://www.columbiatribune.com/opinion/columnists/protectionism-won-t-make-america-great/article_4b84af16-4663-5544-a65d-2307c52bfe6c.html

 

***Conflicting messages coming from Europe…

TTIP impossible in 2016, French minister says – EurActiv / AFP (July 5)

Link: https://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/ttip-impossible-in-2016-french-minister-says/

TTIP free trade deal between U.S. and EU at dead end: Italy minister – Reuters (July 5)

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-usa-ttip-italy-idUSKCN0ZL1JV

EU trade officials reiterate Brexit won’t derail TTIP talks – KTIC / DTN/Progressive Farmer (July 5)

Link: http://kticradio.com/agricultural/eu-trade-officials-reiterate-brexit-wont-derail-ttip-talks/

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U.S. trade chief says China offer falls short, UK could join TPP – Reuters (July 6)

Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/u-trade-chief-says-china-222612880.html

A Chance for a Catfish Vote – The Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook (editorial) (July 6)

“Failing to repeal would set up a WTO showdown that the U.S. could lose.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-chance-for-a-catfish-vote-1467834756

China’s pork imports will hit record highs – Food Navigator Asia – By Oscar Rousseau (July 6)

“Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.”

Why Britain Belongs in a New Nafta – The Wall Street Journal – Opinion by Robert B. Zoellick (July 7)

“After Brexit, the U.S. must help prevent Europe from slipping into nativism and protectionism.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-britain-belongs-in-a-new-nafta-1467932567

AG TECH, FOOD SECURITY, OTHER:

Rwanda: Govt to Unveil Position On GMOs Use After Enacting Biosafety Law – allAfrica / Rwanda Focus – By Michel Nkurunziza (June 30)

Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010048.html

Nobelists To Greenpeace: Drop Your Anti-Science Anti-GMO Campaign – Forbes.com – By Steven Salzberg (July 4)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2016/07/04/nobelists-to-greenpeace-drop-your-anti-science-anti-gmo-campaign/#131df93f3ad7

Nigeria: Exploring Biotech Cotton Opportunities – allAfrica / Daily Trust (Nigeria) – Opinion by Rose Gidado (July 3)

“A major public policy issue in West Africa is not whether, but how to introduce Bt.-cotton in the region”

Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201607030311.html

Inside Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Plan For GMO Grass – Forbes – By Dan Alexander (July 26 issue)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2016/07/06/inside-scotts-miracle-gros-plan-for-gmo-grass/#22e70f8856cd

Fighting Zika in the US:  The Battle Over GMO Mosquitoes – ABC News – By Gillian Mohney and Justine Quart (July 6)

“How one island in the Florida Keys could change the way we fight mosquito-borne diseases.”

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/deepdive/fighting-zika-40277607

1 In 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches Decline – NPR, The Salt – By Clare Leschin-Hoar (June 30)

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/30/484015370/1-in-10-people-may-face-malnutrition-as-fish-catches-decline

Why the African food basket should be full of beans and other pulses – The Conversation – By Nokuthula Vilakati (July 5)

Link: https://theconversation.com/why-the-african-food-basket-should-be-full-of-beans-and-other-pulses-60207

What Would a World Without GMOs Look Like? – National Geographic, The Plate – By April Fulton (June 29)

“Without genetically-modified foods, we might have to give up oranges and resign ourselves to living with avian flu and more malnutrition.”

Link: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/06/what-would-a-world-without-gmos-look-like-/#.V3wUYVwYO-g.twitter

Companies woo consumers with GMO crops with health benefits – Des Moines Register – By Christopher Doering (July 8)

“DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and other companies working on genetically modified technologies are focusing more attention on creating foods that improve public health and provide convenience for shoppers.”

Link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/07/07/companies-woo-consumers-gmo-crops-health-benefits/86476200/