News items related to ag tech, biotech, 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 newest items will be ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to come back and check the page during the week.

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Almost assuredly there are some folks who readflying cowsin the title and reactively snapped to the thought of some nefarious ‘big agplot or scientific experiment

Well, if you did, then go ahead and settle down. Just having some fun with you. The ‘plotis actually current trade issues and disruptions, and some dairy cattle are simply hitching a ride on Qatar Airlines (see story below).

أيضا, there’s some pretty important news that came out mid-week via Reuters:

Glyphosate BattleCancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidence (By Kate Kelland, Reuters – يونيو 14, 2017)

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency says a common weedkiller isprobably carcinogenic.The scientist leading that review knew of fresh data showing no cancer linkbut he never mentioned it and the agency did not take it into account.” – Link

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Flying Cows to Qatar Is One Mans Way to Beat the SaudisBloombergBy Mohammed Serge and Donna Abu-Nasr (يونيو 13)

The showdown between Qatar and its neighbors has disrupted trade, split families and threatenedto alter long-standing geopolitical alliances. Its also prompted one Qatari businessman to fly 4,000 cows to the Gulf desert in an act of resistance and opportunityto fill the void left by a collapse in the supply of fresh milk.” – Link

الامريكى. business group urges trade fixes ahead of China’s party congressReuters (يونيو 8)

Social and economic stability is seen as a top priority for China’s ruling elite ahead of a 5-yearly party congress this fall. Diplomats suggest that turmoil in relations with the United States would be an unwanted distraction for Xi ahead of a tricky leadership transition within the party.” – Link

Canada’s premiers leave D.C. hopefulThe Hamilton Spectator / The Canadian Press (يونيو 8)

“…expressing hope that the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA will be quick and relatively pain-free, rather than a drawn-out bargaining slugfest.” – Link

Azevdo: We must ensure trade contributes to solving problems faced by leaders todayWTO (يونيو 8)

“[Azevdo] expressed the hope that this success could signal the start of a new era one which works to spread the benefits of trade in the way we all want to seeLink

Africa Corn Silos Overflow in South as Food Crisis Hits EastBloomberg (قد 29)

Transport costs, import-export bans, restrictions on genetically modified grain and local politics all hinder tradeIn Africa, you can only move so much produce.Link

Trump Stumps for Infrastructure PlanAgWebBy Ben Potter (يونيو 7) – Link
Trump Expected To Restrict Trade, Travel With CubaNPR (يونيو 12) – Link
US dairy groups urge prioritizing trade with Mexico when NAFTA renegotiation beginsFood Navigator USA -By Mary Ellen Shoup (يونيو 13)

When US negotiators begin the process of modernizing and updating NAFTA, US dairy groups have stated maintaining a dependable trade relationship with Mexico and removing trade barriers in Canada remain priorities.” – Link

Britain 0, Insanity 2: How the U.K. Election May Play OutKnowledge@Wharton (يونيو 9)

The only certainty about this weeks British election is the uncertainty it has created over Brexit on top of all the uncertainty that preceded it.” – Link

Shipping Giants Are Looking to Self-Piloting Boats to Shift CargoMIT Technology Review -By Jamie Condliffe (يونيو 9)

Millions of containers could be hauled by robotic ships within the next decade.” – Link

Is Trump Becoming More Friendly To Trade? – FortuneBy Alan Wolff (يونيو 12)

Lost in this high-profile series of steps where America was seemingly distancing itself from its allies in dealing with issues of common economic and security concern, was a positive statement on trade policy that the U.S. and its major allies issued at the G7 Summit…” – Link

 

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, PROTECTION, RELATED ISSUES:

CROP BIOTECHNOLOGY HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD: WHY ARE SOME COUNTRIES STILL DENYING FARMERS ACCESS? – Chicago Council on Global AffairsGuest Commentary by Graham Brookes (يونيو 12)

Crop biotechnology, often referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, has now been widely used by farmers in 26 countries, for over 20 سنوات. Despite it providing many global environmental and economic benefits over this period, many farmers, in many countries, continue to be denied access to this innovative agricultural tool. This needs to change.” – Link

Robots Wielding Water Knives are the Future of FarmingWIREDBy Matt Simon (قد 31)

“…robots will definitely support the dwindling farming workforce. Fewer immigrant workers are coming to the fields, and their demographics are shifting.” – Link

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Brazil approves world’s first commercial GM sugarcane: developer CTCReutersBy Ana Mano (يونيو 8)

“…first time such permission has been granted anywhere in the world.” – Link

Court stays Whitewave almondmilk lawsuit: ‘Whether plant-based ‘milkshould be deemed an ‘imitationfits squarely within the FDAs authorityFood Navigator USA -By Elaine Watson (يونيو 12)

A lawsuit alleging Silk almondmilk is falsely advertised as nutritionally equivalent to dairy milk has been stayed by a judge on primary jurisdiction grounds, while a near-identical case filed by the same law firm over Almond Breeze has been thrown out after a different judge found the same allegations to be patently implausible.” – Link

*Also see related news from EU:

European Court of Justice says purely plant-based products cant use dairy namesDairy Reporter -By Jim Cornall (يونيو 14)

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg today announced purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as milk, cream, butter, cheese or yogurt, which are reserved by EU law for animal products.” – Link

Farewell to Fairtrade: Sainsbury’s defends in-house sustainable sourcing certification- Food NavigatorBy David Burrows (يونيو 9)

UK supermarket Sainsburys, the worlds biggest retailer of Fairtrade goods, has launched its own sustainable sourcing programme for more than 35 key commodities and ingredients. Campaigners, farmers and some manufacturers have cried foul, but are they being fair?” – Link

Activists, AGs file appeal of EPA denial of chlorpyrifos petitionWestern Farm PressBy Forrest Laws (يونيو 6)
Environmental and labor groups claim EPA has reversed its decision on chlorpyrifos safety during change of administrators.” – Link
Scientists back GM mustard, say will help create better hybridsDeccan Herald (الهند) (يونيو 6)

The National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (NAAS), with 625 members, adopted a resolution on the commercialisation of GM mustard, seeking immediate release of the crop in the field.” – Link

USDA Helps Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Four StatesSouthWest Farm Press (يونيو 8)
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is making those loans, totaling $43.6 مليون, available in hopes that better internet access can stimulate rural economies.” – Link
Attack of the Killer PetuniasWall Street Journal -By Henry I. Miller (يونيو 12)

Harmless flowers are destroyed since they were genetically modified but not Washington-approved.” – Link (Subscription-based)

Words matter: Goodbye GMO? -مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – By

“…actual scientists rarely (if ever) use the GMO designation in technical parlance. It first regularly was highlighted in rhetoric opposing the technology, and since has sadly been adopted by mainstream media.” – Link

Forget GMOs. The next big battle is over genetically edited foodsThe Washington Post, WonkblogBy Caitlin Dewey (يونيو 13)

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 40 percent of Americans believe GMOs are bad for their health. This assertion is not supported by science, which has concluded that the genetically modified crops on the market are safe for consumption.” – Link