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!

Trade has clearly been one of the issues at the forefront of the US election dialogue.  Hopefully after the election passes this week things can get past the overly inflated political rhetoric – from both sides – and the dialogue calms down so we can get working…

TRADE, TRADE ISSUES, TRADE RELATED:

Obama’s last shot at trade deal – San Francisco Chronicle – Editorial (Nov 6)

“The White House is rolling out a fresh report from its panel of economic advisers, who say failure to approve the deal will give China more sway in trade”

Link: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Obama-s-last-shot-at-trade-deal-10597003.php

Anxioux Abe eager to strike while TPP iron is hot – The Japan Times / Kyodo – By Tomoyuki Tachikawa (Nov 6)

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in a hurry to ratify the TPP as he is eager to take the lead in setting free trade rules in the Asia-Pacific region”

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/06/national/politics-diplomacy/anxious-abe-eager-strike-tpp-iron-hot/#.WCDd__krLIU

Theresa May Champions Free Trade During India Visit – The Wall Street Journal – By Jenny Gross (Nov 7)

“The U.K. is seeking to go beyond its traditional trading partners in Europe as it prepares to leave the EU”

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/theresa-may-argues-for-stronger-trade-ties-between-india-and-u-k-1478497132

Argentine, U.S. officials meet to strengthen trade relationship – Fox News Latino / EFE (Nov 7)

Link: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/11/07/argentine-us-officials-meet-to-strengthen-trade-relationship/

Campaign anti-trade rhetoric won’t lead to quick changes after elections, experts say – Kansas City Star – By Diane Stafford (Nov 3)

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article112379237.html#storylink=cpy

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, RELATED ISSUES:

What the New York Times missed with its big GMO story – Grist -By Nathanael Johnson (

“Because most of us aren’t farmers, we have a hard time seeing the GMO age at all. But U.S. farmers can see it. Farmers aren’t backward dupes who are easily tricked into buying unnecessary technologies. These days, farmers are skeptical and tech-savvy. ”

Link: http://grist.org/food/what-the-new-york-times-missed-with-its-big-gmo-story/

‘Use of biotechnology can resolve Pakistan’s food insecurity’ – The News International (Pakistan) – By Zeeshan Azmat (Nov 6)

Link: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/162673-Use-of-biotechnology-can-resolve-Pakistans-food-insecurity

Model predicts elimination of GMO crops would cause hike in greenhouse gas emissions – Purdue Univ. (Nov 4)

“Some of the same groups that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also want to ban GMOs. But you can’t have it both ways”

Link: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q4/model-predicts-elimination-of-gmo-crops-would-cause-hike-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html

NYT Article Understates the Benefits of GMOs – CATO Institute – By Daniel R. Pearson (Nov 2)

Link: https://www.cato.org/blog/nyt-article-understates-benefits-gmos

POLICY, REGULATORY, INDUSTRY:

Toxicologist confident EPA will correct flawed atrazine study – Southeast Farm Press – By John Hart (Oct 31)

Link: http://southeastfarmpress.com/corn/toxicologist-confident-epa-will-correct-flawed-atrazine-study

Committee chair seeks answers on EPA review of glyphosate – Delta Farm Press – By Forrest Laws (Nov 4)

“In the course of the Committee’s oversight of EPA’s review of glyphosate, the Committee has obtained documents and information that appears to contradict your responses to questions posed by members of the Committee,”

Link: http://deltafarmpress.com/regulatory/committee-chair-seeks-answers-epa-review-glyphosate

Dannon’s sustainability pledge spurs ‘Straight Talk’ campaign – Capital Press – By Carol Ryan Dumas (Nov 1)

Link: http://www.capitalpress.com/Dairy/20161031/dannons-sustainability-pledge-spurs-straight-talk-campaign