أخبار البنود ذات الصلة في مجال التكنولوجيا الحيوية AG, 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 inأخضر في الجزء السفلي من أقسام). Be sure to check in regularly!


It may be political convention time and hence ‘trade-bashing seasonin the US as this week’s GFN column by Tim Burrack, When Trump and Clinton Talk Bad About Trade, Silence is Not Golden, points outbut here is a nicely done short multimedia piece telling what is and what will continue to be a tremendous success story for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh. Well worth taking several minutes to check out, so please do!


Bangladesh’s genetically modified eggplantsAljazeeraA production by Hidde Boersma, Philip Fountain and Karsten de Vreugd (Multimedia format with video and audio)

Can genetically modified crops improve the lives of the poorest farmers?

حلقة الوصل:http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2016/gmo-eggplants-aubergines-bangladesh/index.html#2208


Report urges WTO members to resist protectionism and get trade moving again – منظمة التجارة العالمية (يوليو 25)

WTO members need to avoid putting up barriers and get trade moving again in order to address slow global economic growth, according to the Director-Generals mid-year report on trade-related developments issued on 25 يوليو. The Trade Monitoring Report concludes that the best safeguard we have against protectionism is a strong multilateral trading system.

حلقة الوصل:https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/trdev_22jul16_e.htm

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China- GlobalMeatNews.com -By Oscar Rousseau (يوليو 25)

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (اتفاقية التجارة الحرة), only possible once Brexit is realised.

أوباما, Mexican president stress importance of relationshipFox News / من (يوليو 22)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/22/obama-mexican-president-stress-importance-relationship.html

Trump blasts TPP, other ‘baddealsNikkei Asian ReviewBy Naoya Yoshino (يوليو 23)

حلقة الوصل:http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Trump-blasts-TPP-other-bad-deals

Tim Kaine changes course on TPP after VP nodCBS NewsBy Reena Flores (يوليو 23)

A Clinton aide confirmed to CBS News that Kaine had made a private commitment to Clinton that he would now oppose TPP…”

حلقة الوصل:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-kaine-changes-course-on-tpp-after-vp-nod/

Trump ag advisers signal candidate flexibility on trade, immigrationAgri-PulseBy Philip Brasher (يوليو 22)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.agri-pulse.com/Trump-ag-advisers-signal-candidate-flexibility-on-trade-immigration-07222016.asp

The Truth About Trade -What Critics Get Wrong About the Global EconomyForeign Affairs -By Douglas A. Irwin(يوليو / أغسطس 2016 القضية)

Blaming other countries for the United States economic woes is an age-old tradition in American politics…”

حلقة الوصل:https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-06-13/truth-about-trade

Majority of Americans support expanded trade, pollThe HillBy Vicki Needham (يوليو 22)

“[تي]he United States must engage globally to grow the economy, a view that runs counter to the anti-trade sentiment in the presidential campaigns, according to a new poll.

حلقة الوصل:http://thehill.com/policy/finance/288936-majority-of-americans-support-expanded-trade-poll

Fran O’Sullivan: Never mind the warshipspassing the TPP is what matters nowNew Zealand HeraldBy Fran O’Sullivan (يوليو 23)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11679642

In our opinion: Despite alarming shift against free trade, free trade is provenDeseret News (Utah) – By Editorial Board (يوليو 26)

The truth about trade, ومع ذلك, goes beyond popular slogans. It has been proven through decades of experience. Free trade raises incomes, creates jobs, fosters innovation and reduces the price of goods we buy.

حلقة الوصل:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658728/In-our-opinion-Despite-alarming-shift-against-free-trade-free-trade-is-proven.html?pg=all

Why Dropping the Trans-Pacific Partnership May Be a Bad IdeaThe New York TimesEconomic Sense by Eduardo Porter (يوليو 26)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/business/economy/why-dropping-the-trans-pacific-partnership-may-be-a-bad-idea.html?_r=1

Germany’s Merkel: US trade deal ‘absolutelyin EU interest – أخبار الولايات المتحدة & التقرير العالمي / من (يوليو 28)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a planned trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union isabsolutely in Europe’s interestand is rejecting an industry group’s criticism that politicians aren’t doing enough to support it

حلقة الوصل:http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-07-28/germanys-merkel-us-trade-deal-absolutely-in-eu-interest


Field of genes: Cultivating biopharma, bio-ag linksBoston GlobeBy Robert Weisman (يوليو 23)

حلقة الوصل:https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/07/22/bioag/GAtxQupg6hDr3ZKityX7lJ/story.html

Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import- Food Navigator -By Niamh Michail(يوليو 25)

The European Commission authorised three GMOs to be sold for food and feed in Europe last week.

GMO Tomatoes May Stay Firm Longer – وول ستريت جورنال – By Daniela Hernandez (يوليو 25)

The genetic tweaks dont significantly affect color and may preserve flavor, according to a new study

حلقة الوصل:http://www.wsj.com/articles/gmo-tomatoes-may-stay-firm-longer-1469458926

Supreme Court opens door for GMO researchBusiness World (الفلبين) – By Vince Alvic A. F. Nonato (يوليو 27)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=supreme-court-opens-door-for-gmo-research&id=131003

We talked to a Harvard geneticist who thinks this unlikely ingredient could end one of the longest-raging food wars once and for allBusiness InsiderBy Erin Brodwin (يوليو 25)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.businessinsider.com/crispr-crops-could-end-war-on-gmos

Soylent: ‘Proudly Made with GMOs- Food Navigator USA -By Elaine Watson(يوليو 28)

Its a bold move given how highly-charged and extremely polarizedthe debate has become, but Los Angeles-based start-up Soylent has weighed into the conversation over genetically engineered food crops with a blog post entitled: ‘Soylent: Proudly Made with GMOs.'


On-farm events improve consumer perception FeedstuffsBy Sarah Muirhead (يوليو 20)

The percentage of first-time visitors agreeing or strongly agreeing that farmers treat animals humanely increased from 61% إلى 91% after touring the farm.

حلقة الوصل:http://feedstuffs.com/story-farm-events-improve-consumer-perception-45-144279

Taxpayers are paying for scientific scaremongeringThe Hill -By Andrew Langer, contributor (يوليو 16)

Congress might want to take a hard look at how taxpayers money is being squandered on junk science by some federal agencies.

حلقة الوصل:http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/287952-taxpayers-are-paying-for-scientific-scaremongering

تنزانيا: Smallholder Farmers Advised to Operate Under One Formal Group – الفريك / تنزانيا ديلي نيوز – By Bernard Lugongo (يوليو 26)

“[S]mallholder farmers in the country face a range of challenges, including obtaining and paying for quality seeds, fertiliser and pesticides and transporting goods to the market.

حلقة الوصل:http://allafrica.com/stories/201607260005.html

Venezuelans are so desperate they are swarming over the border to buy foodThe Washington PostBy Nick Miroff (يوليو 25)

حلقة الوصل:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/venezuelans-are-so-desperate-they-are-swarming-over-the-border-to-buy-food/2016/07/22/16c67c5a-4d1c-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html

Factory Farmer? No, I’m A Family Farmer – Forbes.com – By Lawson Mozley, GMO Answers contributor (يوليو 22)

Today I was called a factory farmer because I use vaccines and antibiotics in my cattle herd and genetically engineered crop varieties in our fields.

While I didnt take it as the insult it was meant to be, it betrayed an inherent flaw in the way the public sees farmers and food in our country. Somehow, large = bad, technology = dangerous, science = scary, and efficient = evil.

حلقة الوصل:http://www.forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/07/22/family-farmer/#16cb00db15bd

Genetics might help grow perfect cup of coffee – مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – By Diana Gitig (يوليو 27)

“[W]ild Arabica (Coffea arabica,the best-loved species of coffee) could be extinct as soon as 2020.

حلقة الوصل:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/27/genetics-might-help-grow-perfect-cup-coffee/

Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration. Heres why we often hate new stuff.The Washington Post, InnovationsBy Steven Overly (يوليو 21)

حلقة الوصل:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/07/21/humans-once-opposed-coffee-and-refrigeration-heres-why-we-often-hate-new-stuff/

Why Has Organic Farming Flatlined?Science 2.0 -By Hank Campbell(يوليو 27)
Organic farmland remains stuck at around 1% becauseorganic food itself is for the 1% – it is lots of things; a lifestyle, a world-view, a way of self-identification and being distinct from the peasantsbut it is not a mass movement.

U.N. warns of ‘race against time’ إلى عن على 23 million drought-stricken African farmersBy Magdalena Mis (يوليو 28)

حلقة الوصل:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-drought-el-nino-idUSKCN1081M6

Wild or farmed fish: will changing consumer attitudes be good news for aquaculture?- Food Navigator -By Natalie Morrison (يوليو 28)

The question farmed fish or wild fish? has leaned heavily towards the most natural option, but new studies suggest changing consumer sentiment could be good news for aquaculture.

Why Food Labeling Has Little To Do With Knowing What Is In Your Food – Forbes.com – By Steven Savage (يوليو 26)

“[تي]he net effect of all of this will do very little to help Americans know what is in their food. That assessment may sound harsh, but a quick review of the history of U.S. food labeling is rather sobering.

حلقة الوصل:http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensavage/2016/07/26/why-food-labeling-has-little-to-do-with-knowing-what-is-in-your-food/#cfc693b5a19d

People want GMO food labeled which is pretty much all they know about GMOsWashington PostBy Chelsea Harvey (يوليو 21)

There are a lot of groups that have been very vocal one way or the other, and I think we have confused the American public on this issue, she said.

حلقة الوصل:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/07/21/people-want-gmo-food-labeled-which-is-pretty-much-all-they-know-about-gmos/

Organic Leaders Turn On Whole Foods And Each Other Over GMO Labeling Bill – Forbes.com – By Kavin Senapathy (يوليو 29)

“[O]ne thing remainsclear: the labeling movement was never about consumers right to know. This right has always been a subterfuge for something more nefarious

حلقة الوصل:http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/07/29/organic-leaders-turn-on-whole-foods-and-each-other-crying-traitor-over-gmo-labeling-bill/#2bb48bab61da