News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, trade and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be ingreenat bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.


This week US President Trump is traveling through Asia and trade is clearly a big item and will be a major point of discussions a number of times during the trip.

Nota:After the new New Zealand PM’s recent comments about ‘renegotiatingthe TPP, now the Canadian PM has made some comments about ‘not rushingthe TPP (see below). If one stands back views the overall picture with a bit of dispassionwhile the US has justifiably taken flak for stepping back on trade leadership, it appears that blame can also be spread around to quite a few other countries, or blocs, on any number of different issues.

Social medialove it or hate it, it’s changed the way people communicate. But, not necessarily always in a good way as ‘badinfo or ‘fake newscan spread fast and far and once it’s out it’s nearly impossible to dispel, let alone retract. A few recent articles on this topic and how it’s related to food and ag are included below.



Trump touts solidarity with Japan but refuses to shy away from tradeThe Japan TimesBy Tomohiro Osaki (novembre 6)

Im committed to achieving a fair, free and reciprocal trading relationship, Trump said. We seek equal and reliable access for American exports to Japans market in order to eliminate our chronic trade imbalances and deficits with Japan.Enllaç

Decoding Trumps China Trade StrategyWall Street JournalBy Jacob M. Schlesinger (novembre 5)

Presidents first official trip to the country he has branded an economic enemy could raise more questions than answers on his plans” – Enllaç(subscription-based)

Donald Trump begins 12-day Asia trip, Japan first port of callLivemint (Índia) – By Elizabeth Roche (novembre 6)

For India, US govts increasing use of the term Indo-Pacific is of particular interest” – Enllaç

Aust, NZ remain committed to TPPAustralian Assoc. PressBy Colin Brinsden (novembre 5)

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern have thrown their support behind the TPP in their first official meeting.” – Enllaç

Jacinda Ardern seeking TPP concessions at first appearance on international stageStuff (NZ) – By Vernon Small (novembre 6)

Ardern and her minister have to walk a fine line between rejecting the TPP, if the ISDS clauses are not changed,and the advantages the trade pact offers exporters, particularlyin the Japanese market.” – Enllaç

‘EU may talk free trade but they don’t do it!’ Trump’s trade chief BLASTS Merkel’s legacyThe Express (UK) – By Oli Smith (novembre 6) – Enllaç

Canada’s progressive push for the updated TPP might not come so easyCTV News (Canadà) – By Andy Blatchford (novembre 7) – Enllaç

Trudeau says Canada ‘will not be rushedinto signing renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade dealCBC NewsBy John Paul Tasker (novembre 8)

Trudeau’s comments Wednesday leave open the possibility Canada could sit on the sidelines while other countries put pen to paper on a new deal.” – Enllaç

See also Reuters

Chinas Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade OrderNew York Times (novembre 7)

Even before the Communist Revolution, China obsessed about absorbing foreign technologyBut Made in China 2025 is more ambitious than anything the government has ever attempted, a national industrial policy that aims to project a new type of global might and influence.” – Enllaç

American Agriculture Cant Afford to Lose out onTradeFarm Bureau NewsBy Hope Pjesky (novembre 8)

“…some of the products we take for granted in our grocery stores wouldnt be available without trade…” – Enllaç (Nota: the author is a member of the Global Farmer Network)


EU weedkiller row leaves French winegrowers with a hangoverAFP (France) (Oct 25)

The vast majority of producers cultivating western France’s famed Bordeauxgrapes are heavily reliant on weedkillers including glyphosate.” – Enllaç

Genetically modified apples are headed to grocery stores in the MidwestChicago Tribune / BloombergBy Lydia Mulvaney (novembre 6)

The purpose of Arctic apples is definitely to promote healthy eating, boost apple consumption and reduce food waste, no matter what your age, income, or any other factor” – Enllaç

National Best Farmers express interest in learning more about agricultural biotechnologyGhanaWeb (novembre 2)

“…they need accurate information to dispel speculations that have portrayed this science as an evil that must be detestedEnllaç

Biological pesticides may pull integrated pest management out of a bogSoutheast Farm PressBy John Hart (novembre 1)

Biological pesticides can play a role in integrated pest management. IPM is all about ecosystems and a systems-based approach to controlling pests.” – Enllaç

RNAi Key for Pest ResearchAgWebBy Chris Bennett (novembre 6)

“malaltia, drought, pests and much more are fair game for RNAis unprecedented accuracy.” – Enllaç

Genetically modified apple reaches US stores, but will consumers bite? – NatureBy Amy Maxmen (novembre 7)

Success for the Arctic apple could herald a new wave of lab-grown foods.” – Enllaç

Smallholder Farmers to Gain from Gene Editing TechnologyCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (novembre 2) – Enllaç

Vitamin E in Maize Could Lead to More Nutritious Crop -Crop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (novembre 8) – Enllaç



Repetition can often make it true and forget about the scienceThe Western Producer (Canadà) – By Robert Arnason (Oct 31)

Thanks to wondrous platforms like Twitter and Facebook its now possible to say glyphosate probably causes cancer fifty million times in a month.”” – Enllaç

Relax, You Dont Need to Eat CleanNew York TimesBy Aaron E. Carroll (novembre 4)

By fretting about food, we turn occasions for comfort and joy into sources of fear and anxiety.” – Enllaç

How agro companies use GMO as battleground for market spaceDaily Trust (Nigeria) – By Vincent A. Yusuf (novembre 5)

Europe is fighting America in this technologyit is more of a trade war than a scientific war.Enllaç

We are those big, GMO farmersAgWeekBy Kate Lambert (novembre 5)

Shortly after our oldest child was born, I started reading everything the search engine returned about how to feed children theright way.It would be a few more years before I realized this is almost never a good idea.” – Enllaç

Gene technology regulator examines Omega-3 genetically modified canolaThe Weekly Times (Austràlia) – By Lydal Reading (Oct 31) – Enllaç

Chipotle stockholders suit says company, CDC kept secretsFood Safety NewsBy Coral Beach (novembre 3)

Documents show CDC investigated 14 foodborne outbreaks linked to Chipotle, beginning in 2014” – Enllaç

Groups Praise USDA Revisit of Biotechnology ReviewsDTN, Ag Policy BlogBy Jerry Hagstrom (novembre 7) – Enllaç

European farmers say glyphosate deadlock shows mistrust in EU bodiesEuractivBySarantis Michalopoulos(novembre 5) – Enllaç

Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them FailsNPR, The SaltBy Dan Charles (novembre 2)

The battle is over more than philosophy. It’s about market share.” – Enllaç

Is ‘Natural FlavorHealthier Than ‘Artificial Flavor’? – NPR, The SaltBy Natalie Jacewicz (novembre 3)

Ingredients extracted from nature are not necessarily safer than something artificially mademany deadly toxins are produced in natureand in some cases, natural flavors may have more detrimental environmental consequencesEnllaç

EPA approves genetically modified mosquitoes to fight ZikaNew York Daily NewsBy Constance Gibbs (novembre 8) – Enllaç

Confusion over GMOs must stop, farmers tell a listening FDASoutheast Farm PressBy John Hart (novembre 8)

Two farmers told a public hearing sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration that biotechnology allows farmers to increase yields while using less fuel, less chemicals and with less impact on the environment.” – Enllaç

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkillerReutersBy Kate Kelland (novembre 9)

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsantos popular herbicide RoundUp, and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overallThis is the largest study of agricultural workers in history, over the longest period of time”… It is the gold standard,… and it definitively demonstrates in a real-world environment that glyphosate doesnt cause cancer.” – Enllaç

See alsoEU hits deadlock over license for Roundup herbicide (Reuters, novembre 9)