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 come back and check the page during the week.

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TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

China invests $124bn in Belt and Road global trade projectBBC News (maig 14)

Mr Xi used his speech to assure Western diplomats that the plan, described as the new Silk Road, was not simply an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally.” – Enllaç

See also:
Why Trumps Scorn for Pacific Trade Pact May Have Been HastyThe Wall Street JournalBy Bob Davis (maig 14)

While the 12-nation pact drew fire during the election, it would have fulfilled some U.S. trade goals” – Enllaç

US inks historic beef deal with China- GlobalMeatNewsBy Oscar Rousseau(maig 12)

America and China have inked landmark deal to promote shipments of US beef that may also cool fears of a trade war between the worlds two largest economies.Enllaç

See also: U.S., Chinese leaders announce progress on beef trade, biotecnologia(Agri-Pulse, maig 11)

Latest trade indicator signals sustained momentum in second quarter – Organització Mundial de Comerç (maig 15)

The WTOs latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) suggests that global trade will continue to expand moderately in the second quarter of 2017. The latest reading of 102.2 is the highest since May 2011, but strength in the overall index is tempered by weakness in certain component indices.” – Enllaç

US dairy sector prioritizes market expansion as new US Trade Representative steps in- Dairy ReporterBy Mary Ellen Shoup(maig 15)

The US dairy industry aims to work with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on a number of trade policy issues including the renegotiation of NAFTA, expanding market access channels in Asia, and preventing the loss of common food names.” –Link

How to revive TTIPPolitico, Europe EditionBy Anthony Gardner (maig 9)

Under Trump, the aborted Washington-Brussels trade deal may not be in deep freeze after all.” – Enllaç

Abe says Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn’t lost momentum, but considering bilateral trade pact with USStrait-Times (Singapur) / Reuters (maig 16)

In a sign of hope for Japan, new US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will attend a meeting of trade ministers from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) countries on Thursday (maig 18) and Friday (maig 19) in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.” – Enllaç

‘Collective interestin keeping TPP attractive to USPMRadio New ZealandBy Chris Bramwell (maig 17)

The United States is set to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite having withdrawn from the agreement, Trade Minister Todd McClay has conceded.” – Enllaç

Trump trade officials prefer tri-lateral NAFTA deal: U.S. senatorsReutersBy David Lawder (maig 16)

Several members of the Senate Finance Committee said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told them in a closed door meeting that they would prefer the current three-nation format but left open the possibility of parallel bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico.” – Enllaç

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Launch Nafta TalksjWall Street Journal (By William Mauldin (maig 18)

“U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer says goal is to complete talks this year” – Enllaç

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

Compelling reasons why India needs agricultural biotechnologyDeccan Herald (Índia) – By Shivendra Bajaj (maig 15)

“10 compelling reasons as for agri-biotechnology and GM technology to be incorporated are as below…” – Enllaç

Edible oil industry cheers GEAC nod for GM mustardThe Economic Times (Índia) – By Jayashree Bhosale (maig 12)

India’s edible oil industry has welcomed the clearance given by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) for commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard seeds.” – Enllaç

The Crop That Ate AmericaBloombergBy Alan Bjerga, Jeremy Diamond and Cindy Hoffman(maig 11)
“[C]orns spread is unstoppable, he saidthe economic case remains too strong, even with prices now less than half what they were five years ago.” – Enllaç
Next Phase of High-Tech Crops: Editing Their GenesWall Street JournalBy Jacob Bunge (maig 7)

Monsanto and other seed companies turn to gene-editing tools such as Crispr; one possibility: tastier bell peppers” – Enllaç

Researchers able to reverse resistance of pink bollworm to Bt cottonSouthwest Farm Press (maig 9)

Collaborative effort by researchers in China and the University of Arizona find unique method to reverse resistance of pink bollworm to Bt cotton. Implications exist for transgenic corn and soybeans as well.” – Enllaç

More evidence of the benefits of mechanized grape productionWestern Farm PressBy Greg Northcutt (maig 9)
The study was designed to identify ways for San Joaquin Valley growers to reduce the cost of producing a marketable crop using less water.” – Enllaç

The field trials are part of TSLs Potato Partnership Project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide when cooked at high temperatures.” – Enllaç

Move Over GMOs? Monsanto Experimenting With Gene EditingFox Business (maig 17)

I see gene editing very differently [than GMOs] because its being used today broadly by pharmaceutical, agricultural companies, universities and hundreds of startup companiesand I think there is broad support for this science and I think that is going to make a big difference…” – Enllaç

GM Mustard could open door for 100-odd crops in pipelineBusiness Standard (Índia) – By Sanjeeb Mukherjee (maig 13)

Activists, others question yield and bio-safety data; GM mustard can improve yields by 25-30%” – Enllaç

Ex global agribiz leader says market ready for biological insecticidesSoutheast Farm PressBy John Hart (maig 15)
Thirty years ago, most of the major agricultural chemical companies looked at venom from inspects and spiders and believed it would make great insecticides. But every venture failed.” – Enllaç
Farm Babe: Take a look inside an organic factory farmAg DailyBy Michelle Miller (maig 16)

Regardless of label, its thanks to modern barn technology, vaccine innovation, improved cleanliness, genetics and feed efficiency, that todays modern broiler chickens are raised with minimal risk, in the best living conditions as ever before.” – Enllaç

Why S&T could raise Africas agricultural productivitySciDevNetBy Paul Boateng (maig 18)

On my way straight from Kenyas Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobimy taxi driver began a conversation about the lack of rainA veteran of countless conversations with his counterparts in London, which normally end up with a rant against the government of the day, I was wary. This one, malgrat això, was different. It was wide-ranging, comprising a discourse from him on the merits of drought-resistant maize seed and the challenges of accessing it…” – Enllaç

EU to propose 10-year licence renewal for weed killer glyphosateReuters (maig 18)

The EU body, which regulates chemicals and biocides, said glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, should not be classified as a substance causing cancer.” – Enllaç

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Canadian GMO labeling debate heats up ahead of May 17 vote- Food Navigator USABy Elaine Watson(maig 15) – Enllaç

UPDATE:

GMO labeling bill defeated in Canadian parliament- Food Navigator USABy Elaine Watson(maig 18)

Members of the Canadian Parliament voted against [significant margin of 216 nays and 67 yeas] approving mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in a vote in the House of Commons yesterday.” – Enllaç

Perdue announces creation of undersecretary for trade as well as USDA reorganizationAg Update (maig 12)

Our plan to establish an undersecretary for trade fits right in line with my goal to be American agricultures unapologetic advocate and chief salesman around the world, Perdue said. – Enllaç

The labels said organic. But these massive imports of corn and soybeans werent. – The Washington PostBy Peter Whoriskey (maig 12)

Regardless of where organics come from, critics say, the system suffers from multiple weaknesses in enforcementGauging the extent of fraud in imported organics is difficult because there is little incentive for organic companies to advertise their suspicions about suppliers.Enllaç

See also: Should the boost in funding for organic farming survive in the new administration?(Food Safety News, By Mischa Popoff and Jay Lehr – abril 21)

8 Food Words That Sneakily Mean NothingRefinery29By Marshall Bright (maig 11)

While certifications and regulations control some of what has to be (or can be) said about certain food, other words have fuzzier meanings…” – Enllaç

Canadian Distinguished Professor Under Attack??For Doing HisJobMediumBy Kevin Folta (maig 9)

US-RTK [US-Right to Know] is an activist organization in Oakland, CA that leads abusive attacks against academic leaders they want removed from the public discussion of biotechnology and food.” – Enllaç

The Left Is Rebranding Environmental Regulations As Environmental ProtectionsReason.comBy Ronald Bailey (maig 12)

Cloaking government control in the language of benevolence.” – Enllaç

Fiction to fact with biotechnologyMail & Guardian (Sud-Àfrica) (abril 28)

Most people dont realise that GMO technology has been taken up very quickly compared with other technologies there are hectares of crops in South Africa that are GMO already, he says. Interestingly, there are some plants, such as sweet potato, which are naturally GMO. A lot of public concern is driven by misconception and politics, but as scientists we recognise that we must pay attention to what we do.” – Enllaç

Emails Reveal Why Whole Foods Lowered The Bar For Organic Farming Environmental StandardsThe MethodBy Stephan Neidenbach (maig 10)

A former Washington State University researcher, Charles Benbrook has been in the news recently for promising an Australian organic industry leader that he could ramrod through research to question the safety of biotech crops. Acting as a consultant and advisor for the multi billion dollar industry comes off as quite hypocritical for a man who says public scientists who accept grants for biotech outreach smell like skunks.” – Enllaç

The Right to Agricultural TechnologyProject SyndicateBy Henry I. Miller (maig 12)

Beyond saving lives, the Green Revolution saved the environment from massive despoliationYet some seem eager to roll back these gains. – Enllaç

ChemChina poised for swift completion of Syngenta deal- Food Navigator AsiaBy RJ Whitehead (maig 15)

Now with the support of some 82% of Syngenta shareholders, ChemChinas US$43bn bid to take over the Swiss pesticides and seeds group appears to be heading for fast completion.” – Enllaç

Biotech Blog: USDA Should Establish a Science-Based Regulatory System to Address Genetically Engineered and Gene-Edited CropsCenter for Science in the Public InterestBy Greg Jaffe (maig 15)

USDA should regulate GE and gene-edited crops proportionally based on their potential risks to agriculture and/or the environment. Such a system would not regulate solely based on how the product was made or the inclusion of plant-pest DNA, but rather primarily on the newly introduced characteristic” – Enllaç

Attitudes towards GM food vary throughout AsiaFarm Online (Austràlia) – By Gregor Heard (maig 17)

Each market has its own idiosyncrasies” – Enllaç

Shadows and mirrors: GMOs in ChinaCornell Alliance for ScienceBy Mark Lynas (maig 17)

Everyone knows that Chinese agriculture is fearsomely unsustainable, heavily chemical-dependent and contributes to pollution of both air and water. Yet food safety activists have focused on demonizing GMOs more than addressing real safety issues, meaning that genetic approaches to reducing the environmental impacts of farming in China have been foreclosed.” – Enllaç

American Heart Association: A clean label doesn’t necessarily make for a ‘healthyproduct- Food Navigator USABy Elaine Watson(maig 16)

Consumer research indicates that for many shoppers, healthy,’ is all about foods that are organic, minimally processed, natural, non-GMO, or free of artificial ingredients. But such factors shouldnotbe included in the legal criteria for ‘healthyclaims on pack, argues the American Heart Association (AHA).” – Enllaç