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 ingreenat bottom of sections). Be sure to come back and check the page during the week.

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Interesting tidbit immediately below… وبالتالي, the discoverysomewhat jokinglybegs the question of whether or not the creators of the paleo diet fad may now have to rethink things

Prehistoric grains identified in Swiss Alps lunch boxFood Navigator -ByGill Hyslop (July28)

Scientists have discovered a 4,000-year-old lunch box obviously lost by a plucky primitive traveler crossing the Swiss mountains contains microscopic traces of ancient wheat and rye.” – Link

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

الامريكى. Trade Leadership Has Been Absent Over a DecadeRealClearMarketsBy Ray Keating (يوليو 31) – Link

Japanese frozen beef tariff rise causes US riftGlobalMeatNews.com -ByOscar Rousseau (يوليو 31)

Japans decision to increase its tariffs on imported frozen beef imports has caused anger in the US.” – Link

South Korea names new trade minister amid U.S. push to amend FTAReuters (يوليو 30) – Link

Trade Spats and Border Tensions Cloud BRICS MeetingBloomberg (يوليو 27)

The BRICS have found little common ground in recent years as their growth trajectories diverged and geopolitical ambitions spurred tensions.” – Link

US defends chlorine-washed chicken amid backlashGlobalMeatNews.com -By Aaron McDonald (يوليو 26)

Trade negotiations between the US and UK regarding poultry imports should be based on sound science, as opposed to politics and fearmongering.Link

Britain and America suffer from similar delusions on tradeThe Economist (يوليو 27 edition)

A special relationship with reality” – Link

Nafta Battle Will Test Strength of Renewed Canada-Mexico TiesBloombergBy Eric Martin and Josh Wingrove (Aug 1) – Link

Senate Democrats Seek to Outdo Trump on TradeNew York TimesBy Binyamin Appelbaum (Aug 2)

“…are seeking to recapture the loyalty of voters convinced that globalization is eroding their fortunes and prospects.” – Link

 

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

 

GM plant-derived omega-3 successfully cultivated on commercial scaleNutraIngredients.com -By Will Chu (يوليو 28)

Commercial production of omega-3 supplements sourced from genetically modified plants is the subject of research that could ease the pressure on traditional marine-derived supplies of fish oils.” – Link

Could AgTech Solve Water Scarcity Issues? – Farm Journal Ag TechBy Ben Potter (يوليو 20)

Were trying to help growers get usable information to improve their practices for both economic and ecological sustainability” – Link

Ag scientists call for new global crop allianceFeedstuffs (يوليو 31)

Network to take worldwide approach to crop research to support food security.” – Link

 

Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming CrisisAcross AfricaNew York TimesBy Jeffrey Gettleman (يوليو 29)

Climate change, soil degradation and rising wealth are shrinking the amount of usable land in Africa. But the number of people who need it is rising fast.” – Link

Hi-tech agriculture: a solution and a challengeViet Nam NewsBy Vo Tri Thanh (Aug 1) – Link

Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse DisorderBloombergBy Alan Bjerga (Aug 2) – Link

 

 

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Costs mounting for delayed approval of GE crops in AfricaFeedstuffs (يوليو 31)

Model predicts unjustified delays in approving biotech crops in Africa may take thousands of lives.” – Link

Behind the NY Times glyphosate fiasco: Why anti-GMO activists turned on Ben & Jerrys – مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – By Kevin Folta (يوليو 28)

OCA [Organic Consumers Association] has been trying to get their followers to petition Ben and Jerrys go Go Organic! for a long time. When the company failed to take action, OCA and others orchestrated a media-enabled smear campaign.” – Link

Ben & Jerrys says product is safe after traces of glyphosate found in ice creamDairy ReporterByMary Ellen Shoup (يوليو 27)

Unilever-owned Ben & Jerrys has said that its ice cream products are safe to consume after independent lab testing by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that certain ice cream samples tested positive for glyphosate.” – Link

3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On ItScience 2.0 – By Hank Campbell (يوليو 18)

Environmentalists have gamed the system, and they did it by creatinga community where no one will debunk the claims made by other activists.” – Link

Op-Ed: GMOs could be the solution to Africas food shortagesCNBCAfricaBy David S. Levin (يوليو 26)

“[I]rrespective of which side of the argument you fall, part of the problem is that many consumers are poorly educated with respect to GMOs, and simply allow social media and negative media buzz to shape their thinking…” – Link

Call junk science by its rightful name: Fake newsUSA TodayBy Alex Berezow (يوليو 21)

“[W]e should extend the war on fake news to banish unscientific buzzwords and health fads…” – Link

Chipotle’s problems are bigger than its messagingThe HillOpinion by Joseph Perrone (يوليو 25)

Overcoming public health threats and instituting real food safety programs require more than just a millennial-friendly marketing campaign.” – Link

Farmers face more than 120 regulations just to operate in DelawareSoutheast Farm Press (يوليو 30) – Link

Viewpoint: Activists fuel publics disconnect from modern agricultureand it hurts farmers – مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – By Joan Conrow (Aug 3) – Link