News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, 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 newest items will be ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to check in regularly.



China offers concessions to avert trade war with USFinancial Times (UK) – By Tom Mitchell and Shawn Donnan (abril 10)
Xi affords Trump prospect of quick wins on market access in finance and beef” – Link
India is losing faith in free-trade agreementsBloomberg ViewBy Mihir Sharma (abril 9)

China-backed trade pact Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, has discovered a familiar hurdle in the pathIndia” – Link

Trump tweets: ‘Time will tellon trade with ChinaPoliticoBy Rebecca Morin (abril 8)

It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States. Tremendous…” the president wrote. “…goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade.” – Link

Trump considers investigation of international trade partnersWashington Post, WonkblogBy Damian Paletta (abril 9)

“… consideringan executive action that would launcha formal investigation into the way U.S. trading partnersuse subsidies and a tactic known as dumping to skew imports and exports…” – Link

Labor warns of Trump-style anti-trade backlash building in AustraliaSydney Morning HeraldBy Adam Gartrell (abril 10)

If you look closely enough you can see the seeds of the same problem taking root here too…” – Link

As CETA looms, Canada braces for the European cheese invasionThe Globe and MailBy Sylvain Charlebois (abril 9)

Subsidies aside, many European dairy farms are more competitive than our farms in Canada. Beyond the meagre financial-support programs, a clear road map to make our dairy sector more competitive is urgently needed.’ – Link

New trade deal with India could be years away, Malcolm Turnbull saysABC News (Australia) – By Stephen Dziedzic (abril 10)

But negotiations became bogged down last year after that deadline sailed by. Talks have now come to a virtual standstill with Australia turning its attention to a trade deal with Indonesia instead.” – Link

Chile, China start talks to expand trade dealYahooNews (Australia) / AFP (abril 11)

Latin American countries are concerned about the impact Trump’s trade policies will have…” – Link

Trump administration moving ahead with ending Jones Act exemptionsPlatts (abril 11)

The 100-year-old Jones Act requires vessels transporting goods between US ports to be US-flagged, US-built and majority US-owned.” – Link

Trade recovery expected in 2017 i 2018, amid policy uncertaintyWTO (abril 12)

Growth in the volume of world merchandise trade is expected to rebound this year from its tepid performance in 2016, but only if the global economy recovers as expected and governments pursue the right policy mix, WTO economists reported.” – Link


PPPs: Planting the seeds of prosperity for Bangladeshi farmersDevexBy Deb Carstoiu (desfigurar 30)

“… the Bt eggplant has shownclose to 100 percent effectivenessin controlling pests. Not only have farmers incomes risen through increased yields, but the crop requiresfar fewer insecticide applicationsto reduce pests that threaten it.” – Link

Food tech: the future is now, say investors- Food NavigatorBy David Burrows (abril 7)

Food prices are rising, corporates are failing to innovate and diets are shifting its the perfect recipe for a food tech start-up.” – Link

California citrus growers face headwinds in ACP battleWestern Farm PressBy Todd Fitchette (abril 4)
For all the California industrys best efforts to control the psyllid and contain the disease in California, HLB continues to be found in urban neighborhoods east of L.A. While it hasnt yet been found in commercial groves, that is arguably just a matter of time.” – Link
Armyworm wrecks havoc with Kenyas grain basketDaily Nation (abril 9) – Link
Inside the little-known Monsanto campus where scientists are changing the way you eatBusiness InsiderBy Melia Robinson (abril 10)

On a sprawling campus in Woodland, California, Monsanto chips away at making a juicier melon, a more shelf-stable onion, a tomato that doesn’t go limp in shipment, and other foods made usingtraditional breeding techniques augmented by high-tech tools.” – Link

Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for beesNew ScientistBy Alice Klein (abril 11)

The technique will make it possible to makea much wider range of seedless fruits than is currently available…” – Link



Californias Wasted Winter RainsWall Street JournalReview & Outlook (abril 5)

The drought is over but the greens keep sending the water out to sea.” – Link

*For background- see op-ed by GFN board member Ted Sheely, California Farmers Invest Water to Feed People

*Nota – see Apr 11 News Release: Reclamation Releases 100 Percent Water Supply Allocation for Central Valley Project Contractors South-of-Delta

Glyphosate to join Proposition 65 list- Food Navigator USABy Elaine Watson(abril 10)

The herbicide glyphosate is to be added to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer under California’s Proposition 65 legislation, which means companies producing products containing residues of the popular herbicide may in future have to feature warning labels.” – Link

Give GMOs a break, alcohol is a group 1 carcinogenThe Star (Kenya) – By David Makumi (abril 7)

Every time the Health ministry weighs in on the debate on genetically modified organisms, it is almost always to effect a ban. From the recent move to stop field trials, to maintaining the earlier ban that was informed by a now discredited French study, the ministry is overly sensitive to all matters GMOs.” – Link

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA- Food Navigator -By Niamh Michail(abril 12)

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (AESA)…” – Link