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Well, it appears Mark Bittman is back trying to agitate things as the former columnist, and now fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, has an op-ed in the New York Times, G.M.O. Labeling Law Could Stir a Revoution?dated?Sept 2.

Some of you may recall Bittman decided toput his money where his mouth isby leaving journalism to run a vegan meal delivery startup, The Purple Carrot. ?It took him only about six months before he discovered it was pretty damn hard actually working before leaving?without any party being clear as to exactly why. ?Evidently he also found it’s a heckuva lot easier to be sanctimonious and to criticize others with your own worldview, even if factually misleading, rather than do something more productive (See: Mark Bittman Eats His WordsAnd Chokes) – like helping to feed people as farmers of all kinds do around the world.

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*** See GFN Chairman Bill Horan’s recent commentary at FoxNews.com:

Why I’m pround to be an American FarmerFoxNews.comBy Bill Horan (Sept 4)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/04/why-im-proud-to-be-american-farmer.html

التجارة, القضايا المتصلة بالتجارة:

***See GFN Chairman Bill Horan’s commentary in this last weekend’s WSJ:

Falling Midwest Crop Prices Need a Free-Trade Response – وول ستريت جورنال – By Bill Horan (Sept 2)

The feds buy $20 million of cheese to prop up prices. Yet the Pacific trade deal would boost dairy sales to Canada by $1.2 billion.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.wsj.com/articles/falling-midwest-crop-prices-need-a-free-trade-response-1472855492

African nations endorse trade partnerships to boost growthDaily Nation (كينيا) – By Aggrey Mutambo (Sept 3)

“أفريقيا?s biggest economies want one trade bloc for the continent which they say would shield it from global commodity shocks and improve living standards.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/African-nations-endorse-trade-partnerships-to-boost-growth/1066-3367802-nykm7bz/

TTIP is tough but governments shouldn?t give up, OECD and WTO officials sayCNBC – بواسطة?Spriha Srivastava,?Eunice Yoon, و?Sri Jegarajah (Sept 3)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/03/ttip-is-tough-but-governments-shouldnt-give-up-oecd-and-wto-officials-say.html

US Senators call for investigation into Canada?s dairy trade policies?- Dairy Reporter -By Mary Ellen Shoup?(Sept 2)

Two US senators have alleged that Canada?s National Ingredients Strategy and Ontario?s Class VI pricing program violate trade commitments to the US by encouraging Canadian dairy farmers to purchase local milk products instead of US imports.

Trade tensions overshadow global economic summit – سانت. Louis Post-Dispatch -?By Joe McDonald, من (Sept 4)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/trade-tensions-overshadow-global-economic-summit/article_11b026ef-aa1d-51fa-8046-ff30f34d3f61.html

Theresa May joins G20 summit to face Brexit warnings from US and JapanThe GuardianBy Rowena Mason (Sept 4)

Obama tells prime minister US won?t prioritise UK trade deal while Tokyo warns of consequences for Japanese businesses

حلقة الوصل:?https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/04/g20-theresa-may-warns-of-tough-times-for-uk-economy-after-brexit

الامريكى. Presidential Election Interferes With Ratification Of TPP – الإذاعة الوطنية العامة, Morning Edition (Sept 2)

Steve Inskeep talks to Miriam Sapiro, who helped negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, about why U.S. pacts with Europe and the Pacific Rim are faltering, and why that’s a big deal for the U.S.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.npr.org/2016/09/02/492357738/ratification-of-trade-deals-are-in-question

Juncker: EU-US trade deal remains a priorityEurope Online Magazine (Sept 4)

حلقة الوصل:?http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/juncker-eu-us-trade-deal-remains-a-priority_482534.html

New trade war threatens global order as TTIP talks stallThe Telegraph (المملكة المتحدة) – By Szu Ping Chan (Sept 3)

So where did it all go wrong??On paper, everyone is a winner with TTIP…?The deal would boost the rest of the world by ?100bn a year, the study claims.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/09/03/new-trade-war-threatens-global-order-as-ttip-talks-stall/

Obama makes trade deal top priority in remaining monthsWashington PostBy Kevin Freking, من (Sept 5)

حلقة الوصل:?https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-makes-trade-deal-top-priority-in-remaining-months/2016/09/05/57f44290-7326-11e6-9781-49e591781754_story.html

BIOTECH, CROPS, CROP PROTECTION, DISEASE:

Scientist Warn of Citrus Tree DiseaseThe Citizen (تنزانيا) – (Sept 5)

“[تي]he pest Asian Psyllid whose existence in the country was reported for the first time in 2015, is responsible for the disease that stunts trees.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Scientist-warn-of-citrus-tree-disease-/1840340-3369868-fuxb0h/index.html

Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillanceSciDevNet -?Mustafa O. Jibrin (Sept 2)

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance, writes Mustafa O. Jibrin.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.scidev.net/global/disease/opinion/africa-plant-surveillance.html

Tanzania Minister Asks Ugandan Researchers to Help FarmersCrop Biotech Update (Ishaaa) – أغسطس 31

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14723

Vietnam GM Maize Field TrialsCrop Biotech Update (Ishaaa) – أغسطس 31
Why Bangladesh?s GMO eggplant success angers anti-GMO activists – مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – بواسطة?

حلقة الوصل:?https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/08/30/bangladeshs-gmo-eggplant-success-angers-anti-gmo-activists/

?Ghana needs to accept Genetically Modified foods to ward off hunger? – Graphic (غانا) – By Mary Anane (Sept 3)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/ghana-needs-to-accept-genetically-modified-foods-to-ward-off-hunger.html

Indian, Australian academics collaborate for salt tolerant rice study?- Food Navigator Asia -?By RJ Whitehead (Sept 5)

Scientists from India and Australia will collaborate towards the development of a strain of rice that is tolerant to salt water.

Africa needs to move faster to deliver life-saving soil science?solutionsThe ConversationBy Esther Ndumi Ngumbi (Sept 4)

حلقة الوصل:?http://theconversation.com/africa-needs-to-move-faster-to-deliver-life-saving-soil-science-solutions-64757

CRISPR-Modified Corn May Soon Be Ready For MarketPopular ScienceBy Alexandra Ossola (Sept 6)

حلقة الوصل: http://www.popsci.com/crispr-modified-corn-may-soon-be-ready-for-market?

Genetically engineered barley yields 30% more in salty soil: Study?- Food Navigator -?By Will Chu (Sept 8)

A genetic anomaly discovered in barley may allow the crop to thrive in high-salt conditions, a study has determined.

سياسات, REGULATORY, AG BUSINESS, RELATED:

African Coffee Roasters in New Bid to Save FarmersCapital FM (كينيا) – By Kennedy Kangethe (Sept 2)

Coffee farmers in Kenya can now earn more from their produce following the launch a new firm that has invested in value addition of the produce.

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2016/09/african-coffee-roasters-new-bid-save-farmers/

كندا?s Potash Corp., Agrium in Talks on Potential Merger – بلومبرغ – By Ed Hammond, Matthew Monks, Dinesh Nair (أغسطس 30)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-30/canada-s-potash-agrium-said-in-advanced-talks-about-merger

Bayer sweetens offer for Monsanto – رويترز (Sept 5)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-m-a-bayer-idUSKCN11B2G9

Government cap on GM tech royalty hurt the farmer; هنا?س?كيف – The Financial Express (الهند) -?بواسطة: Uttam Gupta (Sept 5)

The ministry?s decisions reflect a mindset that views MMBL as an exploitative monopoly. This perception is flawed and out of sync with ground realities

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.financialexpress.com/fe-columnist/government-cap-on-gm-tech-royalty-hurt-the-farmer-heres-how/367090/

الهند?s First GM Food Crop Inches Closer to State Approval – بلومبرغ – بواسطة?Pratik Parija?(Sept 6)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-06/india-s-first-gm-food-crop-inches-closer-to-state-approval

Anti-GMO Activists Target Smucker’s & Reveal HypocrisyThe Farmer’s Daughter (Sept 7)

حلقة الوصل:?http://www.thefarmersdaughterusa.com/2016/09/anti-gmo-activists-target-smuckers-reveal-hypocrisy.html

Emails show anti-GMO organic activists driving food and farming policy at Consumer Reports -? مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – بواسطة?

حلقة الوصل:?https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/09/08/emails-show-organic-industry-anti-gmo-activists-driving-food-ag-policy-consumers-union/