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!

LABELING, REGULATORY, POLICY:

Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods – The Washington Post – By Mary Jane Jalonick, AP (July 29)

Link:?https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/obama-signs-bill-requiring-labeling-of-gmo-foods/2016/07/29/1f071d66-55d2-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html

GMO wheat found in Washington field: A big deal? – The Christian Science Monitor – By Phuong Le, AP (July 30)

“It wasn’t immediately clear how altered wheat cropped up in Washington. But the U.S. Agriculture Department said there is no evidence it has entered the market.”

Link:?http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0730/GMO-wheat-found-in-Washington-field-A-big-deal

Obama signs historic GMO labeling bill – Agri-Pulse – By Daniel Enoch (July 29)

Link:?http://www.agri-pulse.com/Obama-signs-historic-GMO-labeling-bill-07292016.asp

10 new Zika cases in Miami; governor to feds: Send in emergency team – Miami Herald – By Daniel Chang (Aug 1)

Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article93057392.html#storylink=cpy

New strategies against mosquitoes and other pests – Phys.org (Aug 1)

Link:?http://phys.org/news/2016-08-strategies-mosquitoes-pests.html

Jeffrey Smith admits GMO labeling was never his?goal – Food Science Institute – By James Cooper (July 31)

?Labeling GMOs was never the end goal for us. It was a tactic. Labels make it easier for shoppers to make healthier non-GMO choices. When enough people avoid GMOs, food companies rush to eliminate them. Labeling can speed up that tipping point?but only if consumers are motivated to use labels to avoid GMOs.??

Link:?https://foodscienceinstitute.com/2016/07/31/jeffrey-smith-admits-gmo-labeling-was-never-his-goal/

Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers, Ten Years After The Omnivore?s Dilemma – National Review – By Blake Hurst (Aug 1)

Link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438548/michael-pollan-omnivores-dilemma-tenth-anniversary-edition-anti-science

Bauer Willi: Germany’s most famous farmer, trying to connect with consumers -?ABC Rural?(Australia) -?By Warwick Long?(Aug 1)

“Bauer (or farmer) Willi wanted to outline the hypocrisy of consumers who bought the cheapest and least animal-friendly chickens for $2.50 in the supermarkets, then campaigned for better welfare and chemical use standards on the street.”

Link:?http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-01/bauer-willi-germanys-most-famous-farmer-trying-to-connect/7679180

Glyphosate: Understanding the controversy – EurActiv – Opinion by?Andr? Heitz (July 31)

“The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists? war against ?Big Agri?. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised”

Link:?http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/glyphosate-understanding-the-controversy/

Farm, pesticide groups blast EPA?s ?lack of science? on chlorpyrifos – Delta Farm Press – By Forrest Laws (Aug 2)

Link:?http://deltafarmpress.com/cotton/farm-pesticide-groups-blast-epa-s-lack-science-chlorpyrifos

 

There?s No Panacea for the Zika Epidemic – Wall Street Journal – Commentary by Henry I. Miller (Aug 2)

“Since a vaccine is probably years away, the priority is to kill the mosquitoes that transmit the virus.”

Link:?http://www.wsj.com/articles/theres-no-panacea-for-the-zika-epidemic-1470179431

Could Labels Indicate That GMOs Are a Good Thing? – Slate.com – By Jenny Splitter (Aug 3)

“Soylent?s public embrace of GMOs offers a possible way forward.”

Link:?http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/08/soylent_s_recent_embrace_of_gmos_suggest_a_way_forward_in_the_labeling_war.html

Organic Food Fights Back Against ‘Non-GMO’ Rival – NRP, The Salt – By Dan Charles (Aug 3)

Link:?http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/03/487905333/organic-food-fights-back-against-non-gmo-rival

Science not the answer to GM consumer trust – FarmOnline (Australia) – By Gregor Heard (Aug 5)

?The key is to get consumers focusing on the benefits for them, rather than the negatives or perceived risks.?

Link:?http://www.farmonline.com.au/news/agriculture/cropping/grains/science-not-the-answer-to-gm-consumer-trust/2753396.aspx?storypage=0

FDA approves field trial of lab-made mosquito to take out Zika virus – CNBC.com – By Robert Farris (Aug 5)

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead on a field trial for the Oxitec mosquito in Key Haven, Monroe County, Florida.”

Link:?http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/05/fda-approves-field-trial-gm-mosquito-to-take-out-zika-virus.html

BIOTECH, AG TECH, CROPS, etc:

Rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution – Science Daily (July 29)

“New study identifies rice crops that are more efficient at using nitrogen”

Link:?https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160729110959.htm

First evidence that GM mosquitoes reduce disease – New Scientist – By Michael Le Page (July 15)

Link: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2097653-first-evidence-that-gm-mosquitoes-reduce-disease/

New high-protein WA wheat variety ‘tungsten’ raises trade hopes after lifting benchmark – ABC News (Australia) – By Laura Gartry (July 30)

“A new wheat variety developed in Western Australia could add millions of dollars to the nation’s export market, according to researchers.”

Link:?http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-31/new-wheat-variety-tungsten-developed-in-wa/7673054

Eggplant propagation underway – The Philippine Sun-Star – By Ace June Rell S. Perez (July 31)

“I just hope that we respect the rule of law, we hope that very soon we can bring it (Bt Talong) to our farmers”

Link:?http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/business/2016/08/01/eggplant-propagation-underway-488630

Nigerian farmers throw weight behind biotechnology – Agribusiness Nigeria – By Gabriel Olawale (Aug 1)

?[A] group came and were telling us recently that biotechnology is not good. I asked them to show us scientific evidence but they could not”

Link:?http://agrinigeria.com/2016/08/nigerian-farmers-throw-weight-behind-biotechnology/

Scientists test efficacy of maize resistant to African maize stem borer in Kenya highlands – Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA (Aug 3)

Link:?http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14628

Effective use of biotechnology enhances agro-production – Zambia Daily Mail (Aug 2)

Link:?https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=74865

Editing Out Pesticides – NOVA Next (PBS) – By Brooke Borel (Aug 3)

“The battle between wine grapes and downy mildew is so old that the disease was the target of the world?s first widely used fungicide…Today, winegrowers still use copper sprays on vineyards, as well as modern synthetic fungicides. Copper?used by both conventional and organic growers?remains in soil for a relatively long time and can be toxic to fish, aquatic invertebrates such as shrimp and crabs, bees, earthworms, and more.”

Link:?http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/crispr-grapes/

Germany research bringing biomass crops to new markets with lucrative benefits for farmers -?ABC Rural (Australia) -?By Warwick Long (Aug 5)

Link:?http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-05/german-new-crops/7692788

Public perception key for success of GM technology: ICAR chief – Livemint (India) – (Aug 4)

“ICAR chief Trilochan Mohapatra says that the government should educate people about the significance of biotechnology in agriculture”

Link:?http://www.livemint.com/Politics/BVzHcy2aZwSQTPUksb3vHM/Public-perception-key-for-success-of-GM-technology-ICAR-chi.html

Global GMO Ban Might Not Make Environmentalists as Happy as They Think – AgWeb.com – By Anna-Lisa Laca (Aug 3)

Link:?http://www.agweb.com/article/global-gmo-ban-might-not-make-environmentalists-as-happy-as-they-think-naa-anna-lisa-laca/

TRADE:

Killing TPP will benefit China, won’t solve US jobs worries, US Trade Rep. Froman says – CNBC / Reuters (July 30)

“Froman’s defense of the TPP follows weeks of heated attacks on the deal as anti-TPP chants and signs have peppered the Republican and Democratic conventions.”

Link:?http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/30/killing-tpp-will-benefit-china-wont-solve-us-jobs-worries-us-trade-rep-froman-says.html

Both Parties Used to Back Free Trade. Now They Bash It. – The New York Times – By Jennifer Steinhauer (July 29)

Link:?http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/politics/in-time-of-discord-bashing-trade-pacts-appeals-to-both-parties.html?_r=0

Despite Convention Jeers, Obama to Continue TPP – Roll Call – By John T. Bennett (July 29)

“Trade issues continue to pit president against presidential ticket”

Link: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/despite-convention-jeers-obama-to-continue-trade-push#sthash.7OD53nUS.dpuf

Why The Next U.S. President Will Support the Trans-Pacific Partnership – Forbes.com – Opinion by Dan Ikenson (July 29)

Link:?http://www.forbes.com/sites/danikenson/2016/07/29/why-the-next-u-s-president-will-support-the-trans-pacific-partnership/#549f8dba6073

The TPP Isn’t Just a Trade Deal – Bloomberg View – By Noah Smith (July 29)

“[W]hile it might be tempting to sacrifice the TPP to appease trade opponents on the right and left, the geopolitical and strategic dimensions of the deal shouldn?t be forgotten”

Link:?http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-29/the-tpp-isn-t-just-a-free-trade-deal

Argentina, Mexico embrace free trade?– Buenos Aires Herald (July 30)

Link: http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/218985/argentina-mexico-embrace-free-trade

Editorial: Parties wrong to toss aside free trade – The Detroit News (July 30)

Link:?http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/30/editorial-parties-wrong-toss-aside-free-trade/87843474/

At the US-Mexico Border, Many Depend on Trade – Voice of America (July 31)

Link:?http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/us-mexico-border-many-depened-on-trade/3439045.html

The Trade Issue Leaves Both Parties Looking Bad – Barron’s – Commentary by Thomas G. Donlan (July 30)

“After two conventions, we have two candidates who share one negative message on trade.”

Link:?http://www.barrons.com/articles/the-trade-issue-leaves-both-parties-looking-bad-1469857648

Globalization isn’t killing factory jobs. Trade is actually why manufacturing is up 40%. – Los Angeles Times – Op-ed by Daniel Griswold (Aug 1)

Link:?http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-griswold-globalization-and-trade-help-manufacturing-20160801-snap-story.html

Brazil and US agree bilateral beef trade deal?- GlobalMeatNews.com -?By Oscar Rousseau (Aug 2)

“The US and Brazil have completed a long-awaited two-way trade deal for beef exports, with a flow of meat expected to start in 90 days.”

Obama: Pulling up drawbridge on trade would hurt US workers – Yahoo! Finance / AP (Aug 2)

Link:?http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-meeting-singapore-pm-looks-boost-tpp-trade-071443758–politics.html

Russia?s PM says WTO is not ideal, but has no global alternatives – Tass, Russian News Agency (Aug 2)

“Individual trans-border partnerships as WTO alternative may drive world trade 50 years back, Dmitry Medvedev says”

Link:?http://tass.ru/en/politics/892056

Obama Vows to Push Trade Deal After Election – RealClearPolitics – By James Arkin (Aug 2)

“Lee, the Singaporean leader, said the U.S. could be putting its alliances and interests in the Pacific in jeopardy if the trade pact fails.”

Link:?http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/08/02/obama_vows_to_push_trade_deal_after_election_131402.html

US credibility on the line over TPP trade deal: Singapore PM Lee Hsien?Loong – The Indian Express / AP (Aug 2)

“Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged that the TPP was politically difficult in a tough election year because of American people’s worries over jobs and competition from overseas.”

Link:?http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/us-credibility-on-the-line-over-tpp-trade-deal-singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-2949060/

US TPP battle is sign ?old America is gone? – CNBC.com – By Leslie Shaffer (Aug 4)

Link:?http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/04/us-tpp-battle-is-sign-old-america-is-gone.html

Brexit makes TTIP more important – GlobalTrade – By Ji Xianbai (Aug 4)

Link:?http://www.globaltrademag.com/eu-trade/brexit-makes-ttip-important

The Hidden Costs of a Possible U.S.?Mexico Trade War[email protected] (Aug 5)

Link:?http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/hidden-costs-possible-u-s-mexico-trade-war/