News items related to ag tech, biotech, trade ? and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture ? will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be in?green?at bottom of sections). ?Check the page during the week for updates.

*Note – with the shortened holiday week in the US with Thanksgiving on Nov 23, this week and next week’s ‘Must Read’ page will be combined.



Nafta Talks Get Bogged Down – Bloomberg – By Eric Martin, Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda (Nov 20)

“The three countries have extended the deadline for the talks to March…” – Link

NAFTA negotiations will head to Montreal – Global News / The Canadian Press (Nov 20)

“The?NAFTA?negotiations are moving to non-capital cities for their first meeting outside of Washington, Mexico City and Ottawa.” – Link

Trudeau Replaces Trump as Biggest Obstacle to Pacific Trade Pact – Bloomberg – By Josh Wingrove and Isabel Reynolds (Nov 21)

“…may look to move ahead without Canada if necessary…” – Link

Russia bans Brazilian meat – – By Eugene Vorotnikov (Nov 23)

“A ban on all beef and pork imports from Brazil, the largest meat importer to Russia, has been imposed by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), over concerns about the detection of a forbidden hormone.” – Link (Note – example of non-tariff trade barrier often used by Russia)

NAFTA talks in Washington could reach deal on some chapters: Mexico minister – Reuters – By Dave Graham (Nov 27) – Link

“The experience of other countries does bear out some of the Canadian qualms” – Link



Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller – Reuters – By Kate Kelland (Nov 18)

“The research is part of a large and important project known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers, farmers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina.” – Link

See also😕California Lists Glyphosate as Cancer Agent, Ag Coalition Fights Back

World-first Panama disease-resistant Cavendish bananas developed – Feedstuffs – By Tim Lundeen (Nov 16)

“Outcome called major step toward protecting $12 billion Cavendish banana global export business.” – Link

Chinese-French team breed GM tomatoes with age-defying qualities – Food Navigator -?By Will Chu (Nov 16)

“Chinese and French researchers reveal details of how they genetically-engineered tomatoes to boost vitamin E, provitamin A and lycopene content, nutrients claimed to have anti-ageing properties.” – Link

Look beyond the Akubra: Farming isn’t quaint, it’s a hot bed of innovation – ABC News (Australia) – By Verity Morgan-Schmidt (Nov 21)

“…83 per cent of Australians would describe their connection with farming as “distant” or “non-existent”. Little wonder, then, that innovation within the agricultural sector often goes unnoticed.” – Link

?Neutralising a significant threat?: Aussie academics grow world-first Panama disease-resistant bananas – Food Navigator Asia – By Gary Scattergood (Nov 20)

“Queensland University of Technology researchers have developed and grown modified Cavendish bananas resistant to the Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), also known as Panama disease.” – Link

The paradox of banning glyphosate and battling climate change – New Europe – By Pedro Vigneau (Nov 24)

“Those of us involved in farming know, better than most, the impact that climate change will have on our society.” – Link?(Note – the author is a Global Farmer Network member)

Exploring world without food animals – Feedstuffs (Nov 22)

“Complete shift away from food animal production would present major challenges to meeting America’s nutritional needs.” – Link

Agriculture has a convincing story to tell about biotechnology – Southeast Farm Press – By John Hart (Nov 26)

“Science and extensive research make it perfectly clear: GMOs are safe.” – Link


Like it or not, Africa?s future lies in GM crops – The Times (UK) – By Matt Ridley (Nov 20)

“Short-sighted opposition to biotechnology leaves farmers across the continent at the mercy of pests, disease and worse” – Link?(subscription-based)

*Note – column cites GFN member and Kleckner Award recipient Gilbert Bor from Kenya

GM sugar beet given all-clear for EU renewal – Food Navigator -?By Niamh Michail (Nov 17)

“European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have cleared a genetically modified sugar beet developed by Monsanto and KWS for reauthorisation in the EU.” – Link

The Anti-GMO Movement Has A Social Justice Problem – – Kavin Senapathy (Nov 20)

“Anti-GMO marketers know these anxieties well, and they?re skilled at defining, bringing clarity to, and wielding these anxieties in exploitative ways.” – Link

Ugandans to have GMO matooke in 2021 – The Observer (Uganda) – By Alon Mwesigwa (Nov 20)

“…they will test the banana varieties with the farmers and the farming communities to make sure they can resist the bacterial wilt in different agro-ecological zones.” – Link

Anti-GMO website promotes new conspiracy theory linking GMOs with supposed campaign to ‘eliminate Africans’ – Cornell Alliance for Science – By Mark Lynas (Nov 21) – Link

Agriculture experts, policymakers urge further actions on bio-technologies in Africa – Global Times / Xinhua (China) (Nov 23)

“The experts and officials made the call at a three-day regional meeting organized by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)…” – Link? (Note – GFN members participated at event)

Ethiopia: Call for Embracing Biotechnology to Meet Growing Nutritional Demand – allAfrica / The Ethiopian Herald – By Desta Gebrehiwot (Nov 23) – Link

EU settles dispute over major weedkiller glyphosate – BBC News (Nov 27)

“The Commission says the new five-year licence will be ready before the current one expires on 15 December.” – Link