News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, comerç ? i potser algunes altres coses interessants per aquí relacionats amb l'agricultura ? will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be in?green at bottom of sections). ?Be sure to check in regularly.

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If you’re wondering how the title of this week’s news postings ties into the news, it was inspired and borrowed from Kevin Folta’s recent post from Apr 2 at Medium,?Risky Whiskey or Science Under the Influence? ?In short, you have to read Folta’s piece on whiskey and non-GMO marketing. ?First, it’s good. ?Second, he is gifted at explaining things that may be complicated in a way most of us can more easily understand. ?Three, it ties into another piece,?Globally, consumidors ?confused? about food labels and claims, says study?which boils down to what some consumers think food labels mean versus what they actually do mean. ?Ahhh, the problems some people manufacture to make a buck (or millions).

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade TalksNew York TimesBy Kirk Semple (abril 2)

Now corn has taken on a new role ? as a powerful lever for Mexican officials in the run-up to talks over Nafta, the North American Free Trade Agreement.” – Enllaç

As the world sours on trade, the EU sweetens on itThe Economist (desfigurar 30 edition)

What a difference a few months makes. Barely half a year ago the European Union?s (EU?s) trade policy was a mess. A much-touted trade and investment partnership (TTIP) with the United States was on life support, trashed by NGOs and consumer groups, and disowned by some of the politicians who had asked for it in the first place..” – Enllaç

Trade After the Trans-Pacific PartnershipThe New York TimesBy Herald Munoz (abril 3)

The countries in the Pacific Alliance will continue to work with the United States on a bilateral basis, but the Asia-Pacific region is ready to lead the new age of globalization in the 21st century by continuing the pluralistic approach to trade envisioned in the T.P.P., even though the accord no longer exists as we knew it.” – Enllaç

Asia’s Dilemma: China’s Butter, or America’s Guns? – Stratfor, Geopolitical WeeklyBy Rodger Baker (abril 4)

It is interesting that the theme of theeasternizationof the global system ? the assertion that China is set to usurp the leadership role of an inward-turning United States ? is not nearly as pronounced in the region as it is in the West.” ?- Enllaç

Why trade continues to make headlines under Trump – EUA Avui – By Roger Yu (abril 4) – Enllaç

 

WTO Chief: Don’t Blame Free Trade For PopulismHandelsblatt Global (abril 6)

 

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

A ‘bionic leafcould help feed the worldPhys.org (abril 3)

In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called thegreen revolutionthat was largely credited with averting a global food crisisTo help spur the next agricultural revolution, researchers have invented abionicleaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the very soil where crops are grown.” – Enllaç

Soybean farmers in east and southern Africa get a boostSciDevNetBy Baraka Rateng’ (abril 3)

Smallholder farmers in east and southern Africa could benefit from a project to innovate ways to help unlock barriers in regional soybean value chains.” – Enllaç

New plant breeding techniques ? opportunity or death knell for organic feed and food??- Feed NavigatorBy Jane Byrne (abril 5)

There have been public debates about whether certain novel plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) such as CRISPR, could be used within the organic farming model to close the productivity gap, or whether they should be categorised as genetically modified organisms and risk assessed in that context.” – Enllaç

Japan Has a Bunch of New Tech Ideas?Including Nine Breeds of CarrotsWall Street JournalBy Eleanor Warnock (abril 4)

Abe administration pushes foodmakers to follow the route of other science-based export sectors like high-speed rail” – Enllaç

New GM technology paves the way for northern Australia’s cotton dreamsABC Rural (Austràlia) – By Matt Brann (abril 5)

CSIRO researcher Stephen Yeates said the cotton industry may have finally found a plant that could withstand the insect pressures of northern Australia’s wet season.” – Enllaç

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Risky Whiskey or Science Under the Influence? – MediumBy Kevin Folta (abril 2)

This is a story about how poorly humans understand risk. This is also a story about the power of marketing. It also is a pathetic tome of misplaced energy, twisted values, and the Ultimate First-World Problem.” – Enllaç

Globally, consumidors ?confused? about food labels and claims, says study?- Food Navigator USABy Adi Menayang (desfigurar 31)

A new survey found that there was disconnect between what consumers think labels like organic, antibiotic-free, o ?no added hormones? mean, and what the labels actually meanA majority of consumers think organic means chemical and pesticide free…” – Enllaç

FMC Corporation buys DuPont Crop Protection BusinessDelta Farm PressBy Willie Vogt (desfigurar 31)
Deal includes insecticide business, cereal broadleaf herbicides and future R&D pipeline.” – Enllaç
Farmers outraged at 65 percent CVP allocationWestern Farm PressBy Todd Fitchette (desfigurar 30)
Reclamation blames farmers for 65 percent Central Valley Project allocation.” – Enllaç
EU Court Adviser Sets High Bar for States? GMO BansCourthouse News ServiceBy William Dotinga (abril 3)

An EU high court adviser on Thursday gave member states a very limited go-ahead to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops, but only if they can prove the crops are ?a serious and evident risk likely to endanger health and the environment.?” – Enllaç

GM case: legal expert rejects ?precautionary principle? grounds?- Feed NavigatorBy Jane Byrne (desfigurar 31)

An opinion from an advocate general (AG) about a European Court of Justice (ECJ) case found EU states should only adopt emergency measures regarding genetically modified feed and food if they can establish a clear and serious risk to health and the environment.” – Enllaç

“…farmers continue to suffer tremendous economic losses yet researchers are developing varieties and shelving them because there is no law.” – Enllaç

Why the U.S. should help other nations’ agricultors – Des Moines RegisterBy Doug Bereuter and Dan Glickman (abril 5)

As incomes rise and these countries? economies grow, their commodity imports often grow, massa, as consumers demand higher-quality food products, which greatly benefits U.S. farmers by expanding their markets. And as smallholders farmers become more productive and move beyond subsistence farming, they also become customers of agricultural inputs and technology, including fertilizer, llavors, and farm machinery.” – Enllaç