The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being signed this week in Auckland, New Zealand and then will move on to ratification by the twelve individual partner nations… ومع ذلك, the big news of the moment is ChemChina looking to acquire Syngenta. That and other news items of interests are below

الصين / Syngenta:

بلومبرغChemChina Offers Over $43 Billion for Syngenta (فبراير 2 by Bloomberg News) -If completed, the deal would help Chairman Ren Jianxin transform ChemChina into theworlds biggest supplier of pesticides and agrochemicals, while snatching an asset coveted by St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. It also underscores the importance China attaches to owning seed and cropcare technology that can boost agricultural output and help feed the worlds biggest population.

New York TimesSyngenta Board Seeks Approval of ChemChina’s $43 Billion Offer (فبراير 3 by Chad Bray and Amie Tsang) – “China is on the hunt for strategic resource deals to provide for the long-term security of its huge population.

StratforHow Technology Might Reshape China’s Future (فبراير 2 by Rebecca Keller) – “There are two main drivers behind China’s emphasis on technology: national security and future export potential.


سلامة الأغذية / أمن غذائي:

Food NavigatorCould consumers see GM as an eco-friendly food choice? (فبراير 3 by Niamh Michail) – “Swedish researchers have suggested that food labelled both GM and eco-friendly may become commonplace in the futurebut is this an idea consumerswillbuy into?”

Food Safety NewsPublisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipotle’s fall (فبراير 3 by Bill Marler) – “[Chipotle]could be facing criminal charges, a stockholders lawsuit, and the lawsuits and probable lawsuits in multiple states from the nearly 500 customers from six foodborne illness outbreak in the last several months”…

IPS, Inter Press ServiceRabbit Farming Now a Big Hit in Zimbabwe (فبراير 2 by Jeffrey Moyo) – “…Zimbabweans are turning to rabbit farming, which has continued to transform many lives economically.

طبيعةIndia needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation (يناير 27 by Anurag Chaurasia).

The Yorkshire Post (المملكة المتحدة) – It’s 20 years since the first GM foodand Sheffield University wants to discover why there’s still scepticism (فبراير 2 by Arindam Reg).


Zika / GM mosquito: Mosquito Wars Update: Would You Choose GMO ‘Mutants,’ Pesticides Or Dengue And Zika Viruses? (فبراير 1 by Judy Stone) – “There has been hysteria and misinformation in the press about mutant mosquitoes being unleashed causing the end of the world, so I want to counter misconceptions and debunk conspiracy theorists”…


تجارة / TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership:

رويترزMcConnell to Obama: I have ‘some problemswith Trans-Pacific Partnership (فبراير 2)

The HillStaying on top with TPP (فبراير 3 by John Neuffer) – “The TPP is good for the semiconductor industry, the tech sector, the American economy, and the global economy…”