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Given the July 4th holiday in the U.S. delayed news postings a bit and that was not started until Thursday the 6th, we’re just going to combine this week and next week into a singular page. ?Enjoy.




EU and Japan reach free trade dealBBC News (juliol 6)

“malgrat això, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time. Two of the most important sectors are Japanese cars and, for Europe, EU farming goods into JapanEven once the agreement is fully signed, the deal is likely to have in place long transition clauses of up to 15 years to allow sectors in both countries time to adjust to the new outside competition.” – Enllaç

A new trade deal between the EU and JapanThe Economist (juliol 8 edition)

Besides slashing tariffs on cheese and cars, it sends a message to Donald Trump” – Enllaç

Global Trade Rebounds Despite Trump?s Protectionist ThreatsBloombergBy Enda Crran (juliol 5) – Enllaç

US Farmers Plow Through Uncertain Trade EnvironmentVOA NewsBy Kane Farabaugh (juny 29) – Enllaç

America’s trade partners are less aggressive under TrumpCNNMoneyBy Ivana Kottsaova (juliol 5)

President Trump’s aggressive stance on global trade may be working in America’s favor.” – Enllaç

Brasil: Main Points of Mercosur-EU Trade Deal Need to Be Concluded in DecemberVOA / Reuters (juliol 6) – Enllaç

triomf?s trade threats appear to be working ? for nowWashington Post, WonkblogBy Elizabeth Winkler (juliol 7)

The world?s largest economies have responded to Trump?s trade threats with less protectionism, not more, according to a new study by Global Trade Alert, which has monitored protectionism among countries in the Group of 20 since 2008.” – Enllaç

Merkel reiterates support for US-EU trade dealSt. Louis Post-Dispatch / AP (juliol 11)

The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that Merkel told a business audience in Bavaria that President Donald Trump’s administration had signaled it is ready to negotiate and thatfor me a Trans-Atlantic agreement remains on the daily agenda.”” – Enllaç

US formally demands FTA renegotiationThe Korea TimesBy Park Hyong-ki (juliol 13)

The United States has officially requested South Korea to start theprocess of negotiating to remove barriers to U.S. trade and consider needed amendmentsto the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement (KORUS FTA).” – Enllaç



Cows of the future: Florida scientists bid to create genetically-modified, heat-resistant cows which will boost beef industryFirstPost (Índia) (juliol 3) – Enllaç

NIPGR develops Genetically Modified rice that can reduce phosphorus fertilizer usageDept of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & tecnologia (Índia) – Enllaç

Genetic engineering tool generates antioxidant-rich purple riceScience MagazineEnllaç

Amish farmers square off against Big Organic in milk battleThe Washington PostBy Peter Whoriskey (juliol 5)

Why did the amount of organic milk rise almost three times as fast as the number of organic cows?” – Enllaç

Genetically Engineered Moths Coming to a Cabbage Patch Near YouMIT Technology ReviewBy Emily Mullin (juliol 7)

Open-air tests of self-destructing moths mark a new frontier for GMOs.” – Enllaç

New cassava varieties to ease hunger pangsMediaMax (Kenya) – By Wahinya Henry (juliol 3)

“…disease-resistant and nutritionally-enhanced varieties are expected to improve the livelihoods and health status of???Kenyans and in Africa.” – Enllaç

Queensland breakthrough brings golden glow to new provitamin A-rich varietyThe Land (Austràlia) – By Mike Foley (juliol 8)

?What we?ve done is take a gene from a banana that originated in Papua New Guinea and is naturally very high in provitamin A, but has small bunches, and inserted it into a Cavendish banana…” – Enllaç

Bananas with boosted vitamin A developed in Queensland to save African lives (ABC News (Austràlia) – By Louisa Rebgetz (juliol 6) – Enllaç

Results of gene editing could be seen in livestock industry in a few yearsThe Land (Austràlia) – By Lucy Kinbacher July 10) – Enllaç

?I would hope that sanity will rule the day because DNA is safe, we have been eating it since the beginning of time and there is nothing toxic being made…?Our focus has been to use natural (science elements) that already exist to improve the animals in ways that we can?t.? – Enllaç

6000 farmers cultivating Bt Brinjal in BangladeshThe Financial Express (Bangledesh) (juliol 10) – Enllaç

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Is Harder Than You ThinkNPR, The Salt / Northwest Public RadioBy Courtney Flatt (juliol 10)

We’re struggling. We’ve got a couple of [organic] fields that have some real thistle problemsThis is the third time this year that Hunton has tine-weeded this field. It’s an all-day job. In his conventional wheat fields, he can spray once and be done with it. “We use a lot of steel and diesel to control weeds…”” – Enllaç

Talking Dicamba With Farmers???What I?LearnedMediumBy Robb Fraley (juliol 11)

Importantly, what I heard from the vast majority of the growers, consultants and academicians that I?ve met and spoken with is this is an important tool and it can be used effectively and safely.” – Enllaç

East African scientists turn to gene sequencing against ‘Ebola of plants’ – CNN, Marketplace AfricaBy Kieron Monks (juliol 11)

The outbreak could have a catastrophic impact if it continues to spread. But local specialists are working with an international coalition and state-of-the-art technology to defeat it.” – Enllaç



Evolució d'aliments – HawaiiFarmers DaughterBy Joni Kamiya (juny 27)

“Ell?s a movie of hope for the future and a challenge for many to face the reality of what they may believe.” – Enllaç

Review -?Documentary ‘Food Evolutionturns to reason to discuss GMO controversyLos Angeles TimesBy Kenneth Turan (juny 29)

But taking as his theme a quote attributed to Mark Twain that posits, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled,” filmmaker Kennedy wants us to consider the notion that much of what we feel about GMOs may be wrong.” – Enllaç

Opinió: GMO opponents in ?frenzied heat? trying to discredit Food Evolution movie – Projecte d'Alfabetització genètica – By Joan Conrow (juny 29) – Enllaç

Anti-biotech group uses big tobacco strategy to refute GM researchWestern Producer (Canadà) – By Stuart Smith (juny 29)

The USRTK [US Right to Know] is a U.S. shell organization (funded by more than $400,000 per year from the organic industry) created to attack academic research on the benefits of biotechnology and genetically modified crops. The organization works to attack, discredit and scare academics.” – Enllaç

Fear-based food labels do far more harm than goodDelaware news JournalBy Kent Messer (juny 30)

“L'objectiu? Distinguish their products from those of their competitors, and drive up sales in the process. While these tactics are often touted in the context of providing ?transparency? for the consumer, they aren?t always truthful or based in science.” – Enllaç

Farmers Fight to Plant GE Maize MON810 in ItalyCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (juny 28) – Enllaç

‘Nano scare’: Scientists blast Friends of the Earth for ‘facileinfant formula claimsFood Navigator Asia -?per?Gary Scattergood (juliol 3)

Reports that some infant formula products on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain potentially ‘dangerous’?nanoscale particles have been dismissed by regulators and scientists ??with one branding it blatant ‘scaremongering’.” – Enllaç

No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist, Vatican says, but GMOs OKFrance24 / AFP (juliol 8) – Enllaç

?Nigeria yet to tap benefits of biotechnology? – The Nation (Nigèria) – By Blessing Olaifa and Olugbenga Adanikin (juliol 9) – Enllaç

Biotechnology a key to food securitySun Star (Filipines) – By Ace June Rell S. Perz (juliol 9)

“…scientific technology gives farmers a fighting chance to cope with the many challenges and obstacles they face in farming.” – Enllaç

USDA to publish draft of GMO labeling rule this fallFood Navigator USA -?per?Elaine Watson (juliol 11)

USDA will publish a draft of its proposed federal GMO labeling rule in the fall of this year (which will be subject to public comment) and says it is ?working hard to meet the schedule in order to issue a final rule on the law in July 2018.? – Enllaç

MEPs oppose GM herbicide resistant soybean importsFood Navigator -?By Jane Byrne (juliol 12)

Environment MEPs have called on the EU Commission not to authorize imports of products into the EU made from herbicide resistant soybean, DAS-68416-4.” – Enllaç

Science role in food is ?urgent?, claims tech -?By Noli Dinkovski (juliol 10)

There is a??clear and urgent??need for science and technology to play a role in sustainable food and food security, according to a report by the Institute of Food Science & tecnologia (IFST).” – Enllaç

Opinió: The Non-GMO ProjectCreating fake news at the grocery storeAgri-PulseBy Randy Krotz (juliol 6)

Going to the grocery store has become a parallel experience to reading political opinions online ? half truths, emotional visuals, and the ability to exist in an echo chamber only interacting with others just like you.” – Enllaç

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editingFood Navigator USA -?By Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity, 12-Jul-2017

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA’s 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is both a stark reminder of the controversy around GMOs that brought the food industry to this point and a cue to learn valuable lessons that can be applied to the tremendous opportunity of gene editing.” – Enllaç