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This week’s title took inspiration from the news items further down the page (in the sectionPolicy, Regulatory, Activism, Other, etc.”) regardingfake news”, activist NGOs, and also a recent bomb attack against an agricultural research facility in Italy.

In recent years, a number of different factors have been involved in bringing interest in food and agriculture to a broader audience, but much of what has driven the discussion as been sown by activists with an agenda. ?They’ve proven adept at using social media, and traditional media messaging. ?In order to understand much of what is going on, it’s important to have an understanding of the broader agenda, how they go about operating, and the ramifications that come from itincluding a number of things from creating public and consumer mistrust, to it being used as barriers to international tradeby the EU, or China for example. ?amb tristesa, it’s even lead to violence with destruction of field trial research in a number of placesor even escalated events such as explosive devices damaging a research facility in Italy per the story included below. ?Take a few minutes to link to and read the pieces below, that should help you get a little better overview for some of what and why things are happening.

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Finance leaders downplay differences with Donald Trump over trade ?- Indian Express / AP (abril 22)

Global finance leaders are downplaying differences over free trade with President Donald Trump, saying there is wide agreement that globalization delivers stronger economic growth. But officialswarn repeatedly that too many people have been left behind at a time when low-wage competition and automation have reduced factory jobs in the world?s wealthy economies.” – Enllaç

Donald Trump believes in ?reciprocal? free trade: Steven MnuchinThe Economic Times (Índia) / AFP (abril 24) – Enllaç
US reopens door to reviving EU trade talksFinancial Times (UK) – By Shawn Donnan and Arthur Beesley (abril 23)
Wilbur Ross says EU, Japan and China in competition to show willingness for deal” – Enllaç
Xina, under pressure at WTO, suggests revamp of dumping rulesReutersBy Tom Miles (abril 24)

The proposal, which trade diplomats had anticipated for months, may seek to divert attention from Chinese fishing subsidies, which are under fire in negotiations at the same WTO committee.” – Enllaç

The big job stealer hasn?t been tradeDelta Farm PressBy Hembree Brandon (abril 25)
Of the 5.6 million U.S. manufacturing jobs lost between 2000 i 2010, 85 percent were due to technology. Only about 13 percent were lost due to international trade.” – Enllaç
Lawrence Solomon: Trump just might make us put on our big-boy pants and make Canada great?againNational Post (Canadà) – By Lawrence Solomon (abril 22)

“?Deixar?s not pretend we?re in a global free market when it comes to agriculture,? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally told a persistent John Micklethwait, Bloomberg?s editor-in-chief, in an interview Thursday. Trudeau had been bafflegabbing Micklethwait?s inquiry into Canada?s position on NAFTA and free trade, in an attempt to avoid admitting Canadian hypocrisy in preaching free trade while practicing protectionism.” – Enllaç

Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada tradeThe Washington PostBy Paul Wiseman, Associated Press (abril 25)
The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada?s barriers to U.S. dairy products ? disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing.” – Enllaç
White House readies order on withdrawing from NAFTAPoliticoBy Tara Palmeri (abril 26)
The approach appears designed to extract better terms with Canada and Mexico.” – Enllaç
Trump Rules Out Swift Nafta Exit in Favor of RenegotiationBloombergBy Jennifer Jacobs and Andrew Mayeda (abril 27)

“?Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate Nafta at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the Nafta deal to the benefit of all three countries,? the White House said in a statement late Wednesday.” – Enllaç

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

Electronic monitoring helps breeder work out which bulls are efficient feedersABC News (Austràlia) – By Michael Cavanagh (abril 24)

It is a trait that can be passed on from generation to generation. Find a good feed-converting bull and his progeny will be as well.” – Enllaç

Agriculture?s biotechnology has a bright futureFarm & Ranch GuideBy Dale Hildebrant (abril 22)

“…approximately 4,000 entities, both private and public, from around the world are working on a wide range of subjects ranging from the planting phase to the harvest phase of the industry.” – Enllaç

Malawi progresses in GM crop trials – Aliança Cornell per a la Ciència – By Katherine Chaweza (abril 21)

“…Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa poised to move forward in commercializing genetically modified crops, with cotton, cowpea and banana now in field trials.” – Enllaç

Genetics to boost sugarcane productionSciDevNet (abril 20)

Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass.” – Enllaç

Farmers return to BT cotton after experiment with desi variety failsThe Tribune (Índia) – By Deepender Deswal (abril 23)

The farmers say due to high demand, BT cotton varieties were being sold at premium rate by the private seed sellers in the open market. Per altra banda, they said, there were no takers for the desi varieties.” – Enllaç

 

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Deceptive Publishing is the ?Fake News? of the Science WorldThe Huffington PostBy Dr. Robert T. Fraley (abril 17)

Fake news is not new to science. Durant anys, scientists have watched trusted media outlets ? along with junk websites posing as trusted media or experts ? distribute misleading or false information disguised as science that creates unwarranted public fear of beneficial scientific advances such as vaccines and GMOs.” – Enllaç

How US NGOs are exploiting Europe?s precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs – Projecte d'Alfabetització genètica – By David Zaruck (abril 24)

There is only one logical reason why anyone would want to ban?glyphosate. It is used in combination with herbicide-resistant GMO seed varieties. So if NGOs want to ban GMOs, the first step is to ban glyphosate.?But most European farmers don?t grow GMOs. Glyphosate is an American activist campaign run from Brussels.” – Enllaç

*NotaFirst appeared at Risk-Monger blog as Carpetbagers: American NGO Activists in Brussels

Bomb attack damages Monsanto research center in ItalyScience MagazineBy Marta Paterlini (abril 21)

The attacker launched four incendiary devices in totaland fled after spray painting a wall with ?Bayer criminal marriage. No GMO.?” – Enllaç

Most Chinese ?fake news? stories involve food safety?- Food Navigator AsiaBy RJ Whitehead (abril 24)

Most fake news stories in China concern food safety, according to a online verification team…”Enllaç

Clash of science and politicsdangerous”-EU food safety chiefReutersBy Kate Kelland (abril 21)

Opposition in the European Union has been driven by the European Parliament’s Greens-European Free Alliance and by others, including Greenpeace and a group of scientists led by Christopher Portier from the U.S.-based non-governmental organisation, the Environmental Defense FundAttempts to discredit his agency over its assessment wereunacceptable and short-sighted”, he told Reuters in a rare interview, accusing his critics of undermining science to pursue apolitical agenda”.” – Enllaç

Syngenta Defends GMO Corn as Merger Shifts Blame to ChinaBloombergBy Jef Feeley and Margaret Cronin Fisk (abril 24)

Syngenta merger means Chinese may own seeds they rejected” – Enllaç

Need for new innovation in AgribusinessNew Delhi TimesBy Dr. Ankit Srivastava, editor ? a ? Chief (abril 24) – Enllaç
SPECIAL REPORT: Consumers and ?clean? food: Where is the clean label trend going next??- Food Navigator USABy Elaine Watson (abril 26)

To the?casual observer, ?cleaning up? our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you can?t pronounce really the key to fixing the ?broken? food system (as Panera implies in a recent ad) or improving the health of people and the planet?” – Enllaç

Op-Ed -?No, Califòrnia, Roundup won’t give you cancerLos Angeles TimesBy Julie Kelly and Henry I. Miller (abril 27)

Ultimately, glyphosate will be exonerated. It is not carcinogenic, and it is lower in overall toxicity than many other weed killers. (According to New York State?s Integrated Pest Management program, it has about the same Environmental Impact Quotient as vinegar.)” – Enllaç