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 (as the week progresses newly added items will be ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to check in regularly!

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** Tim Burrack, GFN Vice Chair, has his recent column, Protectionism: the curse that keeps on taking, appear Sept 19 in The Hill, the Washington, DC based publication that is widely read among lawmakers and decision makers.

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED ISSUES:

The Case for Trade, and Why American Leaders Need to Make ItHarvard Business ReviewByRobert B. Zoellick (Sept 19)

The loss of American trade leadership could hardly come at a worse time. In an era when monetary policy seems to have been stretched to the limit, and fiscal policies are constrained by debt and reluctance to spend, businesses and governments around the world need to reignite the spark of trade to fuel economic growth.

Link:https://hbr.org/2016/09/the-case-for-trade-and-why-american-leaders-need-to-make-it

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports- GlobalMeatNews.com -By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall (Sept 16)

By the end of this month (setembre) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russias swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU) exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, according to the Russian government.

US, EU set next round of trade talks for early OctoberThe HillBy Vickie Needham (Sept 15)

Link:http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/296240-us-eu-set-next-round-of-talks-for-early-october

Would Clinton or Trump flip-flop on trade in 2017? – Kansas City StarBy Rob Hotakainen (Sept 19)

For backers of international trade, the 2016 presidential race carries little good news.

Link:http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article102778382.html

EU Official Says Trade Deal with Japan Is Still in the WorksFortune / Reuters (Sept 20)

Link:http://fortune.com/2016/09/20/eu-japan-trade-agreement/

Germany’s Gabriel gets green light to support EU-Canada trade dealReuters -By Holger Hansen and Caroline Copley(Sept 20)

Germany appeared set on Monday to back an ambitious trade accord between the European Union and Canada…”

Link:http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-europe-trade-canada-germany-idUSKCN11P15O

Milton Friedmans MoralsWall Street JournalBy William McGurn (Sept 19)

As Trump and Clinton bang the drums for tariffs and renegotiated deals, wheres the popular voice for trade?”

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/milton-friedmans-morals-1474329068

In China Beef Trade, U.S. Gain May Mean Australia PainWall Street JournalBy Lucy Craymer (Sept 21)

U.S. return to market spells trouble for Australia, already overtaken by Brazil as Chinas No. 1 beef supplier

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-china-beef-trade-u-s-gain-may-mean-australia-pain-1474447261

Who Hates Free Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not VotersNew York TimesBy Jackie Calmes (Sept 21)

However,The people who are opposed to trade agreements feel more passionately about it than the people who are supportive of them

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/us/politics/who-hates-trade-treaties-surprisingly-not-voters.html?_r=0

Egypt Fungus Flipflop Has Wheat Market Saying You Go FirstBloomberg (Sept 21)

For the second time this year, Egypt changed and then quickly reversed its import standards for wheat, leaving traders skeptical about doing business with the worlds largest buyer.

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-21/egypt-s-fungus-flipflop-has-wheat-traders-saying-you-go-first

Canada and China Will Enter Trade Talks, Justin Trudeau SaysNew York TimesBy Ian Austen (Sept 22)

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/world/americas/canada-china-trade-justin-trudeau.html?_r=1

Obama: Africa Wants Trade, Not AidVOABy Cindy Saine (Sept 21)

Link:http://www.voanews.com/a/obama-us-africa-forum/3519333.html

East Africa: European MPs Warn EAC to Be Cautious On EU Trade DealallAfrica / New Times (Rwanda) – By Colins Mwai (Sept 23)

“…European Union had pushed a hard bargain in the deal largely by ‘arm twistingKenya which risked to lose access to the European market.

Link:http://allafrica.com/stories/201609230104.html

Austria, France to propose restarting EU-U.S. trade talks under new nameReuters (Sept 23)

Link:http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-usa-ttip-austria-france-idUKKCN11T07Y

 

BIOTECH, AG TECH, PRODUCTION:

Fla. Reps. urging feds to use GMO mosquitoes in Zika fightNBC2 TV, FloridaBy Rachel Polansky (Sept 15)

“…61 Republican and Democratic Representatives have written a letter, urging federal officials to allow the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to wipe out Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

Link:http://www.nbc-2.com/story/33106339/fla-reps-urging-feds-to-use-gmo-mosquitoes-in-zika-fight#.V-AEgCgrKhd

Public will overcome GMO fears when they realise benefitsUS expertNational Business Review (New Zealand) – By Fiona Rotherham (Sept 15)

Link:http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/public-will-overcome-gmo-fears-when-they-realise-benefits-us-expert-b-194274

The safety of genetically-modified crops is backed by scienceSouth China Morning PostBy Alex Lo (Sept 17)

Of all the genuine food scandals and crises around the world in the past two decades not a single one was GM-related

Link:http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2020161/safety-genetically-modified-crops-backed-science

China to invest $450 billion modernizing agriculture by 2020 – Reuters (Sept 18)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-agriculture-idUSKCN11O0MX

CRISPR Could Usher in a New Era of Delicious GMO FoodsThe AtlanticBy Sarah Zhang (Sept 19)

Can the gene editing technique redeem the reputation of engineered crops?”

Link:http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/gmo-food-crispr-cabbage/500528/

Mainstream media begin to note folly of anti-GMO hypeDelta Farm PressBy Hembree Brandon in Farm Press Blog (Sept 19)

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/blog/mainstream-media-begin-note-folly-anti-gmo-hype

Quiet ‘GMOrevolution in the Third WorldThe Jakarta Post (Indonesia) – By Mark Lynas (Sept 20)

“…anti-GMO ideology embedded itself in the DNA of todays green movement, that leading voices are unable to admit to any success for the technology they have vilified for so long.

Link:http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/09/20/quiet-gmo-revolution-third-world.html

Largest-Ever Study of GM Crops Reveals Their Environmental ImpactsCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (Sept 21)

Link:http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14775

GMO food is safe, says Greenpeace co-founderAG WeekBy Jonathan Knutson (Sept 19)

Link:http://www.agweek.com/news/north-dakota/4118586-gmo-food-safe-says-greenpeace-co-founder

CRISPR gene edited cabbage grown and cooked for the first time- Food Navigator -By Natalie Morrison (Sept 22)

Cabbagesmodified with CRISPR-Cas9genetic scissorshave been harvested and cooked for what is believed to be the first time, Ume University says.

As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing GenesNPR, The SaltBy Dan Charles (Sept 22)

Link:http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/22/495043248/as-a-gmo-pillar-wobbles-biotech-companies-promise-new-insect-killing-genes

Climate Change Threatens Worlds Coffee Supply, Report SaysNew York TimesBy Jonah Engel Bromwich (Sept 22)

In addition to the disappearing land on which to grow coffee, the report highlights the way warmer weather is exacerbating the threat of diseases like coffee rust and pests like the coffee berry borer…”

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/science/climate-change-threatens-worlds-coffee-supply-report-says.html

REGULATORY, POLICY, TRENDS:

EU approves Syngenta GM maize strainsReuters (Sept 16)

Although authorized for food and feed, in practice the EU-approved GM strains are exclusively used in animal feed.

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-gmo-syngenta-ag-idUSKCN11M11F

Who funds the grassroots anti-GMO movement? -

These people have an agenda, and the organic food industry actually spends $2.5 billionannually through 330 different organizations leading with fear to sell their products. Fear sells and marketers know it.

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/09/15/funds-grassroots-anti-gmo-movement/

Market will govern GM commercial timingFarm Weekly (Australia) – By Mal Gill (Sept 19)

Link:http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/market-will-govern-gm-commercial-timing/2753784.aspx

Bayers Monsanto Purchase Could Offset European Regulatory ConcernsWall Street JournalBy Christopher Alessi (Sept 18)

Europe has banned genetically modified crops; next-generation technologies now subject to review

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/bayers-monsanto-purchase-could-offset-european-regulatory-concerns-1474206087

EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Likely Doesn’t Cause CancerNPR, The SaltBy Dan Charles (Sept 16)

Glyphosate had been considered among the safest of herbicides.

Link:http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/17/494301343/epa-weighs-in-on-glyphosate-says-it-doesnt-cause-cancer

Is your firm ready for 3 waves of disruptive food innovation?- Food Navigator -By Niamh Michail(Sept 16)

In the next 10 ans, the food industry will be profoundly changed by a series of disruptive innovations in three waves.Some say these entrepreneurswill save the planet, others believe they will destroy our relationship with food.I believe it is the only possible path,”saysCEO and co-founder of Reimagine Food Marius Robles.

Why the fight over the Bayer-Monsanto deal matters for the future of agricultureVoxBy Brad Plumer (Sept 20)

“…I thought Id pull out the strongest arguments from the pro- and anti-merger sides.

Link:http://www.vox.com/2016/9/20/12988616/bayer-monsanto-dupont-dow-agriculture-mergers-innovation

Clinton and Trump: Where they stand on agPrarie FarmerBy Holly Spangler and John Vogel (Sept 20)

“…we posed the following set of questions to both candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Link:http://farmprogress.com/story-clinton-trump-where-stand-ag-8-146907

Mark Bittman’s Factually Challenged Column On GMOs In The New York TimesForbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (Sept 21)

Elite foodies like Bittman are promoting labels as a kind of Trojan horse for getting more (and more, and more) government intervention in our food system.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/09/21/bittman-ever-the-clown-still-isnt-funny/#528848503bfd

Mass Exodus Expected from Leading Organic Trade Group Over Controversial GMO LegislationOrganic AuthorityBy Jill Ettinger (Sept 22)

Link:http://www.organicauthority.com/mass-exodus-expected-from-leading-organic-trade-group-over-controversial-gmo-legislation/

How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley on a Fake-Mayo MiracleBloomberg BusinessweekBy Olivia Zaleski, Peter Waldman and Ellen Huet (Sept 22)

With Just Mayo, Josh Tetrick wanted to build the first sustainable-food unicorn. He’ll need to fend off the feds first.

Link:https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-hampton-creek-just-mayo/