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!

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Nice to see CETA is back on…

Belgium Reaches Agreement to Back Stalled EU-Canada Trade Deal – Wall Street Journal (Oct 27)

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/belgium-reaches-agreement-to-back-stalled-eu-canada-trade-deal-1477564243

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Geez, for the moment forget about the US presidental election and all the anti-trade rhetoric.  Apparantly all roads now lead through Belgium’s Wallonia region (a French-speaking area that’s reportedly staunchly socialist) for the proposed EU-Canada trade deal.

TRADE, TRADE ISSUES:

EU, Canada Trade Deal Blocked by Belgian Opposition – Wall Street Journal – By Viktoria Dendrinoou and Natalia Drozdiak (Oct 24)

“Opposition from French-speaking Wallonia is preventing Belgium from supporting the pact”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/belgium-wont-support-trade-deal-with-canada-1477316497

Belgium Walloons block key EU Ceta trade deal with Canada – BBC (Oct 24)

“Belgium cannot sign a key EU trade deal with Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel says, because of regional objections led by staunchly socialist Wallonia.”

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37749236

CETA the canary in the coalmine of international free trade – Financial Post (Canada)  By Joe Chidley (Oct 24)

“The sand in the gears of international trade co-operation is piling up, and anyone who thinks it’s going to go away anytime soon is smoking something quasi-legal.”

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/ceta-the-canary-in-the-coalmine-of-international-free-trade

The Free-Trade Miracle – Project Syndicate – By Bjørn Lomborg (Oct 21)

“But the strongest argument is a moral one. Cost-benefit analysis shows that freer trade is the single most powerful way to help the world’s poorest citizens.”

Link: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/free-trade-benefits-for-global-poor-by-bjorn-lomborg-2016-10

Is Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal really as dead as Trump and Clinton say it is? – South China Morning Post – By Shi Jiangtao (Oct 21)

“Analysts say there are plenty of examples of candidates changing their tune once they become US president”

Link: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038662/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-deal-really-dead-trump

Trump: I would have more free trade than Obama – Politico – By Kyle Cheney (Oct 19)

“So my plan – we’re going to negotiate trade deals. We’ll have free trade. More free trade than we have right now,” Trump said during the third presidential debate.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/trump-free-trade-obama-2016-debate-230028#ixzz4NliCJ4xI

The Brussels Trade Bungle – The Wall Street Journal, Review and Outlook (Oct 20)

“Anti-Americanism thwarts a trade pact with Canada…Now European leaders are discovering that the rhetoric they’ve deployed against TTIP is accidentally catching CETA in the crossfire.”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-brussels-trade-bungle-1477006440

Belgium-Canada Ceta trade dispute bedevils EU summit – BBC (Oct 21)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37725942

Trade Agreements – Asterix in Belgium – The Economist (Oct 22)

“In the face of feisty opposition, politicians must do more to champion free-trade deals”

Link: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21709020-face-feisty-opposition-politicians-must-do-more-champion-free-trade-deals-asterix

*Another piece from therehttp://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2016/10/trading-down

Australia’s EU free trade agreement at risk after Canada deal falls through – The Sydney Morning Herald – By Nick Miller (Oct 25)

Link: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australias-eu-free-trade-agreement-at-risk-after-canada-deal-falls-through-20161024-gs9o6f.html

India renews pledge of Doha agenda at WTO meet – The Financial Express (India) (Oct 25)

Link: http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/india-renews-pledge-of-doha-agenda-at-wto-meet/428891/

500-km road opens up trade in northern Kenya – Daily Nation (Kenya) – By Lucas Barasa (Oct 26)

“The trans-Africa highway from Nairobi to Addis Ababa has been a blessing to us”

Link: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/500-km-road-opens-up-trade-in-northern-Kenya/1107872-3428834-14b0299z/

Uruguay confirms willingness to reach free-trade deal with China – New China / Xinhau (Oct 25)

“Vazquez also mulled the possibility of expanding the trade deal to include other members of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur)”

Link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/25/c_135780276.htm

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, SUSTAINABILITY:

Mixed farmer views as WA’s Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 passes through State Parliament – ABC Rural (Australia) – By Belinda Varischetti (Oct 21)

“Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the passing of the Bill gave certainty to WA farmers and investors, reduced red tape, and provided access to new opportunities and tools for grain growers to be innovative.”

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-21/wa-canola-gm-repeal-bill-passes-through-parliament/7956164

In Push for G.M.O.s, China Battles Fears of 8-Legged Chickens – The New York Times – By Amie Tsang and Cao Li (Oct 19)

“…fears, combined with China’s voluble online community, can sometimes lead to rumors.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/business/dealbook/chinas-genetically-modified-food-dreams-face-bitter-harvest.html?smid=tw-share&_r=2

Next-generation food crops being researched – Feedstuffs (Oct 17)

Link: http://feedstuffs.com/story-next-generation-food-crops-being-researched-45-148009

Researchers develop pod-borer resistant beans – Daily Trust (Nigeria) – By Ahmed Dio Agbo (Oct 20)

Link: http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/agriculture/researchers-develop-pod-borer-resistant-beans/167683.html

Farms increasingly turning to precision ag – Feestuffs – By Jacqui Fatka (Oct 20)

Link: http://feedstuffs.com/story-farms-increasingly-turning-precision-ag-45-148172

8 Signs You’re Not the Environmentalist You Think You Are – Cosmopolitan – By Yvette D’entremont (Oct 22)

“It might be time to reconsider your decision to buy only organic… it uses older, dirtier farming techniques that are, across the board, not as environmentally friendly.”

Link: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a7026682/environmentalist-myths-signs/

UF research shows promise in finding cure for citrus greening – Tampa Bay Times – By Dan DeWitt (Oct 17)

“[t]he tool could cut decades from reaching the holy grail of citrus research — producing varieties immune from the disease that has devastated Florida’s most iconic industry.”

Link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/agriculture/uf-research-shows-promise-in-finding-cure-for-citrus-greening/2298398

Don’t Like Monsanto? Then You Should Be Pro-GMO, Not Anti. Here’s Why. – Forbes.com – By Kavin Senapathy (Oct 25)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/10/25/dont-like-monsanto-then-you-should-be-pro-gmo-not-anti-heres-why/#2e962f962d73

PTA Fails Science, History, Economics And Common Sense – Forbes.com – By Henry I. Miller and Andrew Seidenfeld (Oct 26)

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/10/26/new-york-state-pta-needs-adult-supervision/#7cccfa607376

Zimbabwean Scientists Unveil Maize Seeds Resistant to Heat, Drought – VOA – By Sebastian Mhofu (Oct 25)

Link: http://www.voanews.com/a/zimbabwean-scientists-unveil-new-heat-and-drought-resistant-maize-seeds/3565559.html

New Act Lifts Moratorium on GM Crop Planting in Western Australia – Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA (Oct 26)

Link: http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14874

POLICY, REGULATORY, STUDIES, 

EPA postpones glyphosate SAP panel in face of industry criticism – Delta Farm Press – By Forrest Laws (Oct 20)

Link: http://deltafarmpress.com/regulatory/epa-postpones-glyphosate-sap-panel-face-industry-criticism

EPA Again Delays Report On Safety Of Glyphosate – Science 2.0 – By Julie Kelly (Oct 20)

“Since the science confirms GMO crops are safe, environmentalists who oppose GMOs have turned their attention to glyphosate and are trying hard to peddle the narrative that it’s is unsafe and causes cancer.”

Link: http://www.science20.com/julie_kelly/epa_again_delays_report_on_safety_of_glyphosate-180549

GMOs Are ‘Safe as Conventional Choices,’ says Tufts Study – AG Professional – By David Burton (Oct 19)

“The extensive two-year review found no apparent health risk or environmental impact of growing and consuming genetically modified crops.”

Link: http://www.agprofessional.com/news/industry/gmos-are-safe-conventional-choices-says-tufts-study

USDA clears new GMO potato variety – Capital Press – By Mateusz Perkowski (Oct 25)

Link: http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20161025/usda-clears-new-gmo-potato-variety

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents – Reuters – By Kate Kelland (Oct 25)

“[IARC] advised academic experts on one of its review panels not to disclose documents they were asked to release under United States freedom of information laws”

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cancer-iarc-exclusive-idUSKCN12P2FW

Brexit: Government to review GM crop regulations in preparation for leaving EU – The Independent (UK) – By Alexandra Sims (Oct 26)

Agriculture minister George Eustice said ‘the Government is considering possible future arrangements for the regulation of genetically modified organisms’

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/government-review-gm-crop-regulations-preparation-brexit-european-union-a7381276.html