News items related to ag biotech, 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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Bayer Makes $62 Billion Bid for MonsantoNasdaq / Dow Jones Business News (maig 23)

German pharmaceutical and chemicals giant Bayer AG on Monday said it made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto Co. for $62 billion, valuing the U.S. company at a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company.

Link:http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bayer-makes-62-billion-bid-for-monsanto–5th-update-20160523-00739

Seedy business -Its eat or be eaten for the firms that make seeds and chemicals for farmersThe Economist (maig 21)

Link:http://www.economist.com/news/business/21699142-its-eat-or-be-eaten-firms-make-seeds-and-chemicals-farmers-seedy-business

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Be Obamas Greatest Foreign Policy AchievementTIMEBy Ian Bremmer (maig 23)

Bremmer argues the TPP could help set the rules of global trade in a way that will help Americans over the long term.

Link:http://time.com/4342247/trans-pacific-partnership-obama-asia-trip/

Cash for questions -Can freer trade soften Vietnams thuggish ways?The Economist (maig 21)

Link:http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21699162-can-freer-trade-soften-vietnams-thuggish-ways-cash-questions

A lot of people want to restrict free trade. But that would have serious trade-offs.Washington Post, Monkey Cage blogBy Allison Carnegie (maig 23)

Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/05/23/restricting-trade-may-be-popular-but-it-would-have-many-bad-consequences/

More than ever, the world needs genetically modified cropsThe Globe and Mail (Canada) – By Doug Saunders (maig 21)

Small-hold farmers in the developing world are increasingly savvy, well-connected and modern.

Link:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/more-than-ever-the-world-needs-genetically-modified-crops/article30106286/

Editorial: Some answers and more questions about GMOsChicago Tribune (maig 20)

“[W]e don’t see how a basicGMOlabel will help consumers make truly informed purchases.

Link:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-gmo-food-safety-study-edit-0523-md-20160520-story.html

Why biotech crops are here to stayGMA (Philippines) – By Regina Layug-Rosero (maig 20)

Link:http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/567061/scitech/science/why-biotech-crops-are-here-to-stay

EPA shifting from science to ‘public perceptionmodel on pesticides?Delta Farm PressBy Forrest Laws (maig 19)

Farmers are losing crop protection chemicals at an alarming rate, often due to what are being called increasingly arbitrary decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency acting outside of FIFRA.
African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hivesSciDevNetBy Inga Vesper (maig 19)
Unlike Western beekeepers, African ones allow bees to abandon hives

Making Hens Cage-Free? Youll Shell Out for EggsWall Street JournalBy Jayson Lusk (maig 18)

Massachusetts wants to ban so-called battery cages, but shoppers may resist paying for chicken amenities.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/making-hens-cage-free-youll-shell-out-for-eggs-1463611041

GMOs: A Sweet DebateDTN, Progressive FarmerBy Chris Clayton (maig 23)

Sugarbeets a Focus in Fight Over GMO Food Ingredient Labels

Link:https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2016/05/23/sugarbeets-focus-fight-gmo-food

Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugarReuters (maig 24)

Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world’s highest inflation.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-coca-cola-venezuela-idUSKCN0YE2Q6

How Monsanto’s CEO Thinks We Can Feed the WorldFortuneBy Beth Kowitt (maig 17)

Link:http://fortune.com/2016/05/17/monsanto-ceo-feeding-planet/

Farmers must lead GM debateThe Scottish FarmerBy Gordon Davidson (maig 22)

Link:http://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/farmers-must-lead-gm-debate.28837149 (registration required)

Royal Society calls for review of European GM banBBC NewsBy Pallab Ghosh (maig 24)

Prof Venki Ramakrishnan said the science of genetic modification had been misunderstood by the public and it was time to set the record straight.

Link:http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36359682

The Observer view on the GM crops debateThe Observer (UK) – Editorial (maig 21)

Europe can no longer turn its back on the benefits of genetically modified crops

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/22/observer-view-on-genetically-modified-gm-crops

In wake of National Academies GMO report, is public skepticism of biotech waning?Genetic Literacy ProjectBy David Zaruck (maig 24)

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/05/24/wake-national-academies-gmo-report-public-skepticism-biotech-waning/

Brazil’s new top diplomat shifts focus from ideology to tradeReutersBy Anthony Boadle (maig 23)

Jose Serra’s first foreign visit to Argentina on Monday focused on restoring South America’s Mercosur customs union to its purpose as a free trade area, after Venezuela’s entry in 2012 turned it into a left-leaning political forum.

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-diplomacy-idUSKCN0YE0DN

Canada approves fishmeal and fish oil feed ingredients from biotech salmon- Feed Navigator -By Aerin Curtis (maig 24)

The AquAdvantage salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies has been approved for use as a feed ingredient in Canada.

Cotton season may have forced delay in GM royalty capBusiness Standard (India) – byRajesh Bhayani & Sanjeeb Mukherjee(maig 24)

The government on March 18 had issued a notification capping royalties of GM cotton seed technology companies at 10% for the first five years

Link:http://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/cotton-season-may-have-forced-delay-in-gm-royalty-cap-116052400889_1.html

Public Perception of Farmers Still Highly Favorable AgWeb.comBy Ben Potter (maig 24)

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/public-perception-of-farmers-still-highly-favorable-naa-ben-potter/

‘GMOLabeling: Good Intentions And Ignorance Can Yield Bad OutcomesForbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (maig 25)

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/05/25/gmo-labeling-good-intentions-and-ignorance-can-yield-bad-outcomes/#5feb79515e7d

Time to end the fight over GMO labelingThe Hill, Congress BlogBy Elliot Entis (maig 24)

Link:http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/280928-time-to-end-the-fight-over-gmo-labeling

Kenya urged to speed up the commercialisation of GM foodsDaily Nation (Kenya) – By James Kariuki (maig 25)

Link:http://www.nation.co.ke/news/commercialise-of-GM-foods/-/1056/3217804/-/wjj7k9z/-/index.html

Notable & Quotable: How the EU Starves AfricaWall Street Journal

The adoption of restrictive policies across Africa has been pursued under the pretext of protecting the environment and human health.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/notable-quotable-how-the-eu-starves-africa-1464131490

Make farming a rewarding career for Africa’s youth -SciDevNetByFormer Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (maig 25)

Link:http://www.scidev.net/global/farming/opinion/african-agriculture-achieve-its-potential-1.html

Japó, EU to commit to concluding trade deal as soon as possibleThe Japan Times / Kyodo (maig 24)

Link:http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/24/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eu-commit-concluding-trade-deal-soon-possible/#.V0cjmJErKhd

Why Do Some Continue to Deny the Evidence That GMOs Are Safe?Huffington PostBy David Ropeik (maig 23)

Link:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-ropeik/why-do-some-continue-to-d_b_10010492.html

Japó, US reaffirm G-7 role in driving global economyNikkei Asian Review (maig 26)

Link:http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-US-reaffirm-G-7-role-in-driving-global-economy

Malawi’s seed sector calls on govt to adopt GM cropsCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (maig 25)

Link:http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14444

From hardy pigs to super-crops, gene editing poses new EU dilemmaReutersBy Ben Hirschler (maig 26)

If Europedoes that [classifies gene-editing as GMO], I think they will probably send themselves into the stone age of agricultural biotechnology…”

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-gene-editing-farming-idUSKCN0YH1FS