notícies relacionades amb la biotecnologia agrícola, trade and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculture will be posted on this page throughout the week (newly added items will be in green at bottom of sections). Be sure to check in regularly!

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On Tuesday, maig 17 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released an exhaustive report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. Below are several articles based on the report:

  • Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops, The National Academies of Sciences
  • Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe, Analysis Finds, The New York Times
  • Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say, Washington Post
  • Report: GMO crops not harmful to humans, but weed resistance is a problem, Chicago Tribune
  • Study finds no adverse heath effects from genetically engineered crops, The Hill
  • Modified Crops Not Seen Adding to Human Health Risks, Study Says, Bloomberg
  • U.S. panel releases consensus on genetically engineered crops, Science
  • National Academy of Sciences Report Finds no Food Safety or Human Health Impacts from GE Crops, CSPI
  • NAS GM crops report will ‘provide fodder for friends and foes of GE,’ says plant scientist, Food Navigator USA

TRADE:

Greece to block TTIP unless geographical indications are protectedEurActivBySarantis Michalopoulos (maig 13)

The Greek government is ready to veto the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU unless it ensures increased protection for key agriculturalgeographical indicators.

Link:http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/greece-to-block-ttip-unless-geographical-indications-are-protected/

TTIP trade deal under threat over the Feta factoreuronews (maig 16)

Link:http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/16/ttip-trade-deal-under-threat-over-the-feta-factor/

Farmers need support to adapt to the TPP, say expertsViet Nam News (maig 14)

Experts said the most important thing at present was raising awareness of farmers about the opportunities and challenges of the TPP, so that they will aim to increase productivity and product quality.

Link:http://vietnamnews.vn/society/296757/farmers-need-support-to-adapt-to-the-tpp-say-experts.html

Africa urged to dismantle trade, movement barriers to spur growthDaily Mail (UK) / Reuters -By Duncan Miriri and Clement Uwiringiyimana (maig 13)

Link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3589098/Africa-urged-dismantle-trade-movement-barriers-spur-growth.html

EU defends US free trade deal amid growing oppositionLivemint (Índia) / AFP (maig 13)

A historic free trade deal between Europe and the US could be reached if members states endorse it, says EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstroem

Link:http://www.livemint.com/Politics/A7L6FihRkBikBDrBJK0TmL/EU-defends-US-free-trade-deal-amid-growing-opposition.html

Obamas Pivot to Asia Staggers as Trade Deal Stalls in CongressBloombergBy Angela Greiling Keane (maig 15)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said he would prefer the trade agreement over another carrier battle group in the Pacific.

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-15/obama-s-pivot-to-asia-staggers-as-trade-deal-stalls-in-congress

Trade policy issues are blurring old lines, turning politics in 2016 inside outKansas City StarBy Dave Helling (maig 14)

Candidates and voters in both major parties appear to be switching long-held positions on trade policy: Free-trade Republicans are becoming protectionist, while some Democrats are moving the opposite direction on exports and imports.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article77675362.html#storylink=cpy

Millennials Get Free Trade, Why Doesnt Anyone Else?Investor’s Business Daily, Editorial (maig 13)

A new survey shows that the so-called millennial generation is the only one that thinks free trade is a good thing. So why is it that both political parties are shunning this huge voting block?”

Link:http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/millennials-get-free-trade-why-doesnt-anyone-else/

Imports work for AmericaThe Hill (blog) – By Steve Lamar, contributor (maig 13)

“amb tristesa, the American public knows little about U.S. imports often overlooked in U.S. trade policy and the important role they play in our lives. Rather, lots of attention is devoted to U.S. exports and the jobs and opportunities they create

Link:http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/finance/279788-imports-work-for-america

Why grain farmers support the TPP tradedealNational Post (Canadà) – By Levi Wood and Jim Wickett (maig 16)

There might be protectionist rhetoric coming from both political parties in the U.S. today, but thats no reason for Canada to not move forward and lead on this critical issue.

Link:http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/why-grain-farmers-support-the-tpp-trade-deal

**Nota: Levi Wood is a member of the Xarxa Global Farmer

Cloak of Secrecy Fuels Anxiety Over Trans-Atlantic Trade TalksNew York TimesBy Celestine Bohlen (maig 16)

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/world/europe/ttip-eu-us-trade-deal.html

US beef arrives in South Africa- GlobalMeatNews -By Oscar Rousseau (maig 17)

The first shipment of US beef has arrived in South Africa, after an intense and long-running trade dispute between both nations was resolved in January.

Govt says domestic agriculture to go on offensive under TPPThe Japan News / Jiji Press (maig 17)

Japan will go on the offensive in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries by taking advantage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, a government white paper on agriculture said Tuesday.

Link:http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002952327

Trade Is a National Security ImperativeWall Street JournalBy Robert B. Zoellick (maig 16)

Abandoning the Pacific pact will tell Americas Asian allies that the U.S. is yielding to China. They will accommodate accordingly.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/trade-is-a-national-security-imperative-1463440063

Anti-trade rhetoric not denting U.S. trade chief’s hopes for TPP voteReutersBy Mitra Taj (maig 17)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-tpp-froman-idUSKCN0Y82PC

OTHER:

Marketing Ploy May Mean Moving Ag BackwardsAgInfo.netBy KayDee Gilkey (maig 12)

We make all of these amazing innovations and then we preclude them from being used. This is not helping with overall food productions footprint it is going the wrong way.

Link:http://www.aginfo.net/index.cfm/event/report/id/Open-Range-34051

The Meaninglessness of ‘Healthy’ menjar: Six Ways Labels Need to ChangeBloombergBy Deena Shanker (maig 12)

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-12/the-meaninglessness-of-healthy-food-six-ways-labels-need-to-change

The Harm in Blindly Going Gluten FreeThe AtlanticBy James Hamblin (maig 16)

Link:http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/celiac-vs-gluten/482676/

Zimbabwe DroughtFive Million Face Food ShortageallAfrica / Al Jazeera (maig 16)

Link:http://allafrica.com/stories/201605170129.html

Lessons from fighting a droughtLivemint (Índia) – By NS Ramnath (maig 17)

Seven learnings on how droughts can be managed to take the sting out of the phenomena

Link:http://www.livemint.com/Politics/HrOM4GiBI0vQJpCDfejhkN/Lessons-from-fighting-a-drought.html

**Nota: V. Ravichandran in the article is a member of the Global Farmer Networkand recipient of the 2013 premi Kleckner.

REGULATORY, GOV’T:

EPA faces second U.S. lawmakers investigation into glyphosate reviewReutersBy P.J. Huffstutter (maig 13)

A second group of lawmakers is investigating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its review of glyphosate, questioning why it withdrew a report that said the chemical in the world’s most widely used weed killer was likely not carcinogenic.

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-glyphosate-epa-idUSKCN0Y42GV

Congress Questions EPA on Glyphosate, AtrazineAgWebBy Alison Rice (maig 13)

Members are also frustrated by the pace of EPAs process. We are concerned that EPA has continually delayed its review of glyphosate, the letter said.

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/congress-questions-epa-on-glyphosate-atrazine-naa-alison-rice/

Senate strengthens flood control, waterways infrastructure -Delta Farm PressByForrest Laws(maig 13)

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/government/senate-strengthens-flood-control-waterways-infrastsructure

Judge strikes down GMO ban in Oregons Josephine CountyCapital PressBy Mateusz Perkowski (maig 16)

Link:http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160516/judge-strikes-down-gmo-ban-in-oregons-josephine-county

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee- Food Navigator -By Niamh Michail(maig 17)

Monsanto Cancels Plan to Sell GMO Seed in ArgentinaWall Street JournalBy Jacob Bunge and Taos Turner (maig 17)

“[T]he governments actions were not consistent with its past promises to support intellectual property rights and private agreements.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/monsanto-cancels-plan-to-sell-gmo-seed-in-argentina-1463523453

Argentine farmers urge gov’t to clinch GMO deal with MonsantoSt. Louis Post-DispatchBy Hugh Bronstein, Reuters (maig 18)

Link:http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/article_04cdc8e2-ac23-550a-9315-6c6703106555.html

Errors, Bias And Conflicts Of Interest Make UN Agency Contender For Worst Regulator Ever Forbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (maig 18)

Because of its [glyphosate] association with genetic engineering, activists hate it and have long tried to raise safety concerns about the chemical.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/05/18/bias-hidden-agendas-and-conflicts-of-interest-make-un-agency-contender-for-worst-regulator-ever/#565171bf609a

Stalemate at EU glyphosate talks, no vote taken- Feed Navigator -By Jane Byrne (maig 19)

The glyphosate dossier is to be handed over to the Commission, following on from the PAFF committee’s failure today to generate a vote on the controversial herbicide.

Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency approve AquAdvantage SalmonGovernment of Canada (maig 19)

AquAdvantage Genetically Modified Salmon Found to be Safe as a Food and a Livestock Feed

Link:http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=2&nid=1068309

BIOTECH:

Mysuru institute tests GM, disease-resistant silkwormsThe Times of India (maig 15)

According to a textile ministry document, the genetically modified wormscan prevent the losses caused by the Grasserie disease, which is responsible for up to 20% crop loss in silkworm”.”

Link:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Mysuru-institute-tests-GM-disease-resistant-silkworms/articleshow/52274681.cms

Smart Farming report urges axing of biotech prohibitionsThe Land (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (maig 15)

The House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committees Smart Farming report has recommended cutting duplicative State laws that frighten potential agricultural biotechnology investments and hinder farm productivity, by undermining federal food safety regulators.

Link:http://www.theland.com.au/story/3908272/smart-farming-report-urges-axing-of-biotech-prohibitions/

Failed Greenpeace anti-GM campaign exposedThe Land (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (maig 15)

The activist incident was outlined in detail in a report handed down by the House of Representatives Environment Committee last week which recommended sanctions against groups listed for tax deductions that break the law repeatedly.

Link:http://www.theland.com.au/story/3907598/failed-greenpeace-anti-gm-campaign-exposed/

Are there GMOs in our moon dust? Gwyneth Paltrow demands to know!GristBy Eve Andrews (maig 13)

Link:http://grist.org/living/are-there-gmos-in-our-moon-dust-gwyneth-paltrow-demands-to-know/

GM potato field trials get the go-aheadFarmers Weekly (UK) – By Johann Tasker (maig 12)

Link: http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/gm-potato-field-trials-get-the-go-ahead.htm

National Academy of Sciences finds no evidence of GMO health effects- St. Louis Post-DispatchBy Jacob Barker (maig 17)

One of the nations premier scientific bodies says it has found no evidence of adverse human health effects after 20 years of genetically-modified crop adoption.

Link:http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/national-academy-of-sciences-finds-no-evidence-of-gmo-health/article_a7ffbe9a-5848-5826-aa28-6b75b3c947d2.html

Keeping My Farm Sustainable With GMO CropsForbes.comBy Gene Stoel (maig 17)

GMOs allow farmers to fight insects and weeds more effectively and enhance soil health.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/05/17/keeping-my-farm-sustainable-with-gmo-crops/#2cf202362c5c

Bt cotton adoption creates more employment opportunities in female laborers in PakistanCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (maig 18)

Link: http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14416

Taller, stronger rice plantThe Daily Star (Bangladesh) – By Reaz Ahmed (maig 15)

Bangladeshi scientists develop 2 modern, high-yielding varieties that can withstand tidal surge

Link:http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/taller-stronger-rice-plant-1224073

Mitch Daniels Takes on ‘Callous, Heartless and CruelAnti-GMO ActivistsNational ReviewBy Julie Kelly (maig 18)

When you hold so many moral high cards on something thats best for the environment and for humanity, you have to be willing to mix it up, he told me. People with a direct self-interest are actively misinforming the public. We need to counter that in a more forceful way.

Link:http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435523/mitch-daniels-gmos-good

We must end our superstitious objections to genetically modified foodThe Telegraph (UK) – By Juliet Samuel (maig 18)

Where does modern corn on the cob come from? Well-informed diners will know the answer: Latin America. But what they probably dont know is that it never grew there naturally. Humans created it.

Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/05/18/we-must-end-our-superstitious-objections-to-genetically-modified/

GM crops ideal for drought-hit TSThe Hindu (Índia) (maig 19)

Link:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/gm-crops-ideal-for-droughthit-ts/article8618594.ece

Scientists refute the scaremongering about GMOs Washington Post, Editorial (maig 19)

“[T]he National Academiesauthoritative reportrefutes the counterproductive scaremongering from the anti-genetically-engineered side.

Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/scientists-refute-the-scaremongering-about-gmos/2016/05/19/47607924-1c7a-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html