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Regarding the first story below, on the IMF ‘warningsof US protectionism and the retort by US Commerce Sec. Ross that the US is less so that Europe, China or Japan… ?Put it under things that make you gohmmand categorize it under the old saying ofthe pot calling the kettle black”.

What’s the proper response, other than to react by goingduhand wonder why doesn’t everyone just look in the mirror at themselves. ?The various list of barriers and impediments from all involved is rather lengthy to say the least. ?Guess that’s why negotiations take so long

التجارة, المتصلة بالتجارة, بنية تحتية:

IMF warnings of US protectionism ?rubbish?, says RossFinancial Times (المملكة المتحدة) – By Shawn Donnan and Demetri Sevastopulo (أبريل 16)

“هم [أوروبا, Japan and China] talk free trade. But in fact what they practise is protectionism. And every time we do anything to defend ourselves, even against the puny obligations that they have, they call that protectionism. إنه?s rubbish? – حلقة الوصل?- OR see at Irish Times?

Japan looks to revive moribund TPP, sans US – مراجعة آسيا نيكي (أبريل 15)

“11-member pact would give Tokyo lead on Asian tradeJapan is mobilizing the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to resurrect the agreement without the United States, seeking a path forward for free trade in Asia with Tokyo as the senior partner.” – حلقة الوصل

Japan rejects U.S. request for bilateral trade negotiationsThe Asahi Shimbun (أبريل 13)

There is a possibility that Japan will eventually agree to hold bilateral trade talks under strong U.S. pressure, the sources said.” – حلقة الوصل

China remains Africa’s top trading partner – شينخوا (الصين) – أبريل 16

Bilateral trade between China and Africa reached 149.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016” – حلقة الوصل

Trump’s Chinese Trade Tension Claims Grain as Latest Victim – بلومبرغ (أبريل 13)

“ما يزال, falling prices for DDGs have proved alluring to buyers other than China.” – حلقة الوصل

China’s economic picture brightens as trade beats forecasts, Trump softens tone – رويترز (أبريل 13)

Washington’s improving ties with Beijing were underscored when Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Wednesday that he would not declare China a currency manipulator as he had pledged to do on his first day in office.” – حلقة الوصل

Canadian milk pricing scheme causes major disruptions in U.S. الألبان – المواد الغذائية – بقلم جاكي فاتكا (أبريل 14)
Dairy groups continue to make case for Trump to intervene in Canadian dairy trade disruptions.” – حلقة الوصل
ورقة رابحة?s Trade Plans Spell Uncertainty for Mexican Port – وول ستريت جورنال – By Robbie Whelan (أبريل 16)

Shippers weigh impact of trade barriers on new high-tech terminal at L?zaro C?rdenas” – حلقة الوصل

Japan Wants to Keep Trade Hardliner Wilbur Ross Away From Some Economy Talks – بلومبرغ – (أبريل 17)

During his confirmation hearing in January, Ross was outspoken about barriers to U.S. exports of autos and agricultural products. While he didn?t single Japan out for criticism, he said some countries used non-tariff barriers like environmental standards and inspections to stymie U.S. واردات…” – حلقة الوصل

Cornell professor of agricultural economics: US took advantage of ‘loophole? in dairy trade with Canada?- Dairy ReporterBy Mary Ellen Shoup?(أبريل 19)

Multiple US dairy groups have blasted Canada recently saying that the country is blatantly violating terms of the NAFTA trade agreement and that US dairy processors are suffering due to lost Canadian purchases of ultrafiltered (UF) milk.” – حلقة الوصل

Mexican official ready to start NAFTA talks – جنوب غرب مزرعة الصحافة / بلومبرغ – By Eric Martin (أبريل 19)
“الامريكى. waiting for Lighthizer to be confirmed before starting formal talks.” – حلقة الوصل
Pence: نحن, Indonesia to Trim Trade BarriersVOA, رويترز (أبريل 21)

Indonesia and the United States agreed Friday to find ways to reduce barriers to U.S. companies operating in Southeast Asia?s largest economy…” – حلقة الوصل

اي جي, AG TECH, إنتاج, الحماية, القضايا ذات الصلة:

To Save Florida’s Famous Oranges, Scientists Race to Weaponize a VirusWIREDBy Megan Molteni (أبريل 12)

“فلوريدا?s citrus growers are running out of time. منذ 2005, when a deadly disease called citrus greening first showed up in the state, هم?ve been fighting a losing battle to slow the spread of the sugar-sucking bacterium behind the scourge. اليوم, it has infected 90 percent of Florida?s citrus groves. Fifth-generation farmers are abandoning their acres, packing factories are shuttering their operations, and the state is hemorrhaging a billion dollars every year.” – حلقة الوصل

Sorghum Breeding Research Cuts Time in Half – AgWeb – By Sonja Begemann (أبريل 13)

For the past several years sorghum research has lagged behind that of corn and soybeans, but that could soon change with technology advances.” – حلقة الوصل

Ag tests new precision techThe Land (أستراليا) – By Mike Foley (أبريل 12)

The technology, which is new to Australia, could improve?a range of applications for agriculture, such as monitoring, precision machinery and yield mapping.” – حلقة الوصل

Let Farmers DecideFinancial Chronicle (الهند) – By V Ravichandran (أبريل 17)

I assure you, farmers are always looking for new ways to enhance their productivity and improve their income and standard of living. I strongly feel we need to be given the opportunity of accessing modern technologies, and allow demand and supply to determine prices including rational policies to promote export markets…” – حلقة الوصل

*ملحوظة – the author was the 2013 جائزة Kleckner recipient and recently joined the GFN board of directors.

?Treatment-free? Beekeepers Give Varroa Mite Free?ReinThoughtscapism blog (أبريل 10)

“…honey bee colony survival depends on beekeeper education and disease control. It shows?that it is first and foremost hobby beekeepers, who have trouble with epidemics…” – حلقة الوصل

Project builds capacity of fish farmers to raise yieldsSciDevNetBy Sarah Ooko (أبريل 11)

An initiative is enabling سمك farmers in Kenya boost their production through training in good management practices.” – حلقة الوصل

With DroneDeploy?s Fieldscanner, pilots can create maps as they flyTechcrunchBy Lora Kolodny (أبريل 18)

“…makes it possible to draw a low-resolution satellite map in real time with a drone, in the field, even where there?s no internet connectivity.” – حلقة الوصل

أثيوبيا: Smart Technologies to Ensure Sustainable Farming – الفريك / The Ethiopian HeraldBy Homa Mulisa (أبريل 17)

We would like to employ a strategy of ‘one village at a time’. For a reason that agriculture requires the collective action of all actors which actually are equally important, the deployment of an integrated approach is very important.” – حلقة الوصل

From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agricultureDigital TrendsBy Dyllan Furness (أبريل 17) – حلقة الوصل
Nutrient-Poor Farms Get a Vitamin Boost From Zinc Mines – بلومبرغ – By Danielle Bochove (أبريل 18) – حلقة الوصل
Converting native land to organic farms has ?unintended consequences? on biodiversity, economies?- Food Navigator USA – By Elizabeth Crawford (أبريل 19)

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms ? a practice that the National Organic Standards Board wants to discourage.” – حلقة الوصل

الامريكى. المزارعين, Who Once Fed the World, Are Overtaken by New Powers – وول ستريت جورنال – By Jess Newman and Jacob Bunge (أبريل 20)

Bumper soybean and wheat harvests in Brazil and Russia push down global prices, imperiling America?s growers; ?hard for our psyche?” – حلقة الوصل

سياسات, REGULATORY, النشاط, آخر:

Clearance for genetically modified mustard to be delayed – Livemint (الهند) – By Mayank Aggarawal (أبريل 13)

If genetically modified mustard wins approval from the nodal regulator, it will become the first transgenic food crop to be commercially cultivated in India” – حلقة الوصل

Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in OregonCapital PressBy Mateusz Perkowski (أبريل 13)
A battle over Oregon?s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House and Senate.” – حلقة الوصل
Dannon attacks ?daisy-chained? logic in all-natural lawsuit over GM feed and dairy products?- Food Navigator USA – إلين واتسون?(أبريل 14)

Should brands making dairy products from cows that may have consumed GM feed be allowed to market their wares as ?all natural?? Absolutely, insisted Dannon in court papers filed this week urging the judge to dismiss the ?daisy-chained? logic of a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.” – حلقة الوصل

Bio-politics of GM Crops: A Counter Point to ?The Big Business of Genetically Modified Food? – Kashmir ReaderBy Dr. Amjad M. Husaini (أبريل 13)

It is not the difference of ?scientific? opinion that has hindered large scale acceptance of biotech crops, but the prejudiced campaign by vested interests and NGO?s.” – حلقة الوصل

Glyphosate Vs. Caffeine: Acute and Chronic Toxicity Assessments Explained – الغذاء ومزرعة مناقشة مختبر – By Alison Bernstein, PhD (أبريل 13)

Fear of chemicals in our food has taken on an outsized role in the food discussion. Too much of the debate have become ? let?s say ? a bit light on the facts and long on emotion. While these are important conversations to have, confusion and misinformation about these issues abound as sound bites are traded as evidence for each ?side? and everyone talks past each other.Whether it?s fear of additives in processed food or pesticides used in growing crops, too many people are needlessly wondering if we are slowly poisoning ourselves. This has come to overshadow many useful innovations.” – حلقة الوصل

Young Africans chart new path for agriculture as climate heats up – رويترز – By Pius Sawa (أبريل 18) – حلقة الوصل
Resettled Zimbabwe farmers left high and dry – نوع – By Tawanda Majoni (أبريل 21)

Ten years ago, former bricklayer Samuel Musengi was allocated a nine-hectare plot to cultivate in Zimbabwe as part of an accelerated phase of land reform that saw tens of thousands of black families resettled on what were once vast, mostly white-owned commercial farms. إنه?s not going so well for him; nor for many others.” – حلقة الوصل

Biotech Blog?Shopping for Honesty: Sorting Out Non-GMO ClaimsCSPI, مركز العلوم في المصلحة العامة – By Greg Jaffe (أبريل 17)

Some companies market their food product as ?non-GMO? to create a nonexistent distinction that gives them a competitive advantage (sometimes at a premium price).? فمثلا, Tropicana Orange Juice includes the ?Non-GMO Project? seal on its package, yet its sole ingredient is oranges, and there are no commercially grown, genetically engineered oranges.? Every brand of orange juice is naturally ?non-GMO,? provided the only ingredient is oranges. ?The same can be said for Emerald Natural Almonds or Woodstock Peanut Butter, which both have ?Non-GMO Product? seals even though their only ingredient is almonds or peanuts, and there are no GM varieties of those nuts.” – حلقة الوصل