News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, comerç ? 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 in?green?at bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.


The story below highlights the longtime work of Gordon Wassenaar.? Gordon has been kind enough to host multiple Global Farmer Roundtable group visits to his farm and was nominated this year’s Iowa Master Farmer class by Global Farmer Network member Pam Johnson (2010 Taula rodona).

Gordon Wassenaar took time during a busy harvest for the Global Farmer Roundtable to visit his farm for a few hours near Prairie City, Iowa in October 2016.

Sharing his farm with the worldWallaces FarmerBy Rod Swoboda (desfigurar 15)

Gordon Wassenaar has hosted trade teams and other visitors from all over the world for the past 30 years.” – Enllaç
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable this coming October in Des Moines.? More information and the online nomination form can be found HERE.



China hits back at Trump, slaps new tariffs on U.S. goods worth up to $3 mIL mILIONS – NBC News / APBy Alice Tidey (abril 2)

“”China would never submit if the U.S. launched a trade war,” declared an editorial in a newspaper published by the ruling Communist Party.” – Enllaç

China imposes retaliatory tariffs on 128 US productsNikkei Asian ReviewBy Issaku Harada (abril 2)

China’s imposition of tariffs, malgrat això, is not directly related to planned sanctions by the U.S. against China for its intellectual property theft…” – Enllaç

U.S. Envoy Says China Retaliation on Soybeans Would Backfire?– Bloomberg (desfigurar 29)

“U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad warned China against retaliatory measures…?any effort to curb U.S. soybean imports would harm regular Chinese citizens more than American growers.” – Enllaç

Abandon tariffs ?before it?s too late?: MOFCOMThe Global Times (Xina) By Huang Ge (desfigurar 29) – Enllaç

?Índia?s share in world trade in agriculture is just 2 per cent? – Times of India (desfigurar 28)

The need of the hour is post-harvest management and food processing capabilities” – Enllaç

Finance highlights importance of TPAWorld Trade Online (desfigurar 30)

The congressional committees with jurisdiction over trade, in separate releases this week, issued a reminder about their authority over trade negotiations and Capitol Hill?s priorities in those talks. The Senate Finance Committee on Friday blasted out an explainer on Trade Promotion Authority…” – Enllaç (subscription-based)

NAFTA nations ‘moving forward in significant way’: Canada’s TrudeauReutersBy David Ljunggren (abril 5)

Trudeau?s remarks to reporters in Quebec City were the latest in a series of upbeat comments by officials in the three countries…” – Enllaç

White House Defends Trade Policies as Trump Aims New Threat at ChinaNew York Times – per?Ana Swanson?i?Eileen Sullivan (abril 6)

“Sr.. Trump also defended his?surprise announcement Thursday night?that the United States would consider an additional $100 billion in tariffs on China, a total that would triple an earlier trade threat.” – Enllaç

Argentina imports 120.000 tons of soy-beans from United StatesMercoPress (abril 11)

The surprise move pushed Chicago soybean futures to a one-month high, in the latest development to upend global soy trading after top buyer China last week proposed tariffs on U.S. imports amid an intensifying Washington-Beijing trade dispute.” – Enllaç

Trump directs top economic advisers to negotiate rejoining Trans-Pacific PartnershipFox NewsBy Brooke Singman (abril 12)

?The best thing the United States can do to push back against Chinese cheating now is to lead the other eleven Pacific nations that believe in free trade and the rule of law…” – Enllaç



This Farmer Wants To Make Quinoa A ‘ThingIn RwandaNPRBy Malaka Gharib (desfigurar 27)

Since the crop is easy to grow and packed with protein, Habiyaremye hopes it can provide new nutritious food sources in the region.” – Enllaç

GM crops that produce industrial products could be grown in Britain for first time? – The Telegraph (desfigurar 29) – Enllaç

The Next Big Thing in Agriculture: Smart Collars for CowsWall Street JournalBy Mike Cherney (abril 2)

Some startups are betting that technology can replace fences and become the dominant way to herd livestock” – Enllaç

In Defense Of An Important Example Of Food System TransparencyApplied MythologyBy Steve Savage (desfigurar 28)?

It turns out that the whole idea that consumers should worry about foods that are ?dirty? because of chemical residues is false.” – Enllaç

Genetically engineered salmon farm in Albany underwayThe Star Press (Indiana) – By Seth Slabaugh (abril 3)

A biotechnology company is upgrading a defunct fish farm where it plans to grow AquAdvantage Salmon…” – Enllaç

Two very hungry caterpillars have created a hybrid mega-pest that threatens global food cropsABC News (Austràlia) – By Dominique Schwartz (abril

“…capable of stripping billions of dollars a year from the food and fibre industries…” – Enllaç

Nema to approve trials of GM cotton by next monthThe Star (Kenya) – By Agatha Ngotho (abril 6)

The National Environment Management Authority will approve performance trials for genetically modified cotton by next month.” – Enllaç

Israeli agriculture and high-tech form a winning teamGlobes (Israel) – By Yasmin Yablonko (abril 5)

From mushrooms that nourish other crops to mass production of edible grasshoppers, Israeli startups are impacting agriculture.” – Enllaç

Deal brings Phytelligence fruit technology to IndiaCapital PressBy Dan Wheat (abril 5)

The Seattle agricultural biotechnology company Phytelligence will supply India with modern rootstocks and tree fruit, grape, nut and berry varieties.” – Enllaç

New Gene Editing Tool May Yield Bigger HarvestsVoice of AmericaBy Shelly Schlender (abril 4) – Enllaç

Kenya faces huge losses from armyworm, US warnsDaily Nation (Kenya) – By Kevin J. Kelly (abril 10)

Up to 50 per cent of an annual maize crop can be destroyed…” – Enllaç

Gene Editing for GoodForeign AffairsBy Bill Gates (abril 10)

Over the next decade, gene editing [CRISPR] could help humanity overcome some of the biggest and most persistent challenges in?global health?and development.” – Enllaç



California judge rules coffee needs cancer warning labelChicago TribuneBy Brian Melley, Associated Press (desfigurar 30)

“[California Prop 65] been widely criticized for abuses by lawyers shaking down businesses for quick settlements.” – Enllaç

Attack of the Killer CappuccinoWall Street Journal, Editorial (desfigurar 30)

Californians can look forward to cancer warnings on coffeeBut however feeble the evidence, Prop. 65 encourages trial lawyers and their front groups to sue on behalf of the state by offering them a cut of the civil penalties. Last year Prop. 65 cases yielded $25.6 million in settlements, and more than three-fourths of that sum went to the lawyers.” – Enllaç

Big Governments Go After CoffeeBad News For StarbucksForbes.comBy Panos Mourdoukoutas (abril 1)

While big governments cannot kick apart a strong habit like coffee drinking, they can ignite fears that comes with a label that has the word ?cancer? on it.” – Enllaç

I’ll take my Starbucks without that California cancer warning, thanksArizona RepublicBy Abe Kwok (desfigurar 30) – Enllaç

California needs to stop saying everything causes cancerPopular ScienceBy Sara Chodosh (abril 4)

?Adults with the highest consumption of acrylamide could consume 160 times as much and still only be at a level that toxicologists think unlikely to cause increased tumors in miceThe state has a history of taking one or two studies to inform their better-safe-than-sorry stance, even if the overall body of evidence contradicts those reports.? – Enllaç


‘Boneless watermelons’? What this new ‘hot fruitcan teach us about non-GMO labels and fear-based marketing -?Projecte d'Alfabetització genètica – By Kevin Folta (desfigurar 27)

Exclusion labels actively seek to misinform consumers by reinforcing the hypothetical presence of a non-existent threat.” – Enllaç

USDA Has No Plans to Regulate Gene Edited PlantsAgWiredBy Cindy Zimmerman (desfigurar 29)

USDA has no plans to regulate ?plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests…”” – Enllaç

Chown: anti-GM cropping activists equivalent of ISIS operativesFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (abril 2)

“?It is now patently obvious that the anti-GM movement and its supporters are bereft of any morals and will take any action, whether it is legal or otherwise, to pursue its ideological stance…”” – Enllaç

Technology crucial to high-value agriculture development: GMSViet Nam News (desfigurar 30) – Enllaç

Organic can be promoted without scare tacticsNew Vision (Uganda) – By Isaac Ongu (desfigurar 29)

It is not surprising that the same tactic that was used to scare farmers away from my fertiliser demo is still being used to exclude African farmers from growing genetically modified crops because the price of organics must remain highest.” – Enllaç

Refusing to accept GM food is safe is like climate change denialNew ScientistBy Mark Lynas (abril 3)

Environmentalist Mark Lynas, who once destroyed GM crops and then made headlines by ending his opposition, is stepping up his call for reason to triumph” – Enllaç?(subscription-based)

Chinese scientist gets 10 years in U.S. prison over theft of GMO riceReuters (abril 4)

Zhang was convicted in February 2017 on three counts, including conspiracy to steal trade secrets and interstate transportation of stolen property…” – Enllaç

CFIA now says Non-GMO Project Verified doesn?t mean non-GMORealAgriculture (Canadà) – By Andrew Campbell (abril 5)

If the CFIA [Canadian Food Inspection Agency] isn?t going to keep companies using the Non-GMO Project Verified label honest, el?s time people realize they?ve been duped and turn their backs on the companies ripping them off.” – Enllaç

Sharing cash for farmers, one of the biggest post Brexit challenge, say expertsMercoPress (abril 10)

Failing to secure new ways to cooperate between the four governments [UK] will disrupt the economy and hit the environment…” – Enllaç

U.S. to Allow Bayer?s Monsanto TakeoverWall Street JournalBy Brent Kendall and Jacob Bunge (abril 9) – Enllaç

Delhi High Court dismisses Monsanto plea to enforce BT cotton seed patentThe Economic Times (Índia) – By Madhvi Sally?(abril 11)?

“…a finding that will likely have far-reaching consequences for the agriculture sectorThe decision may imperil India?s cotton farmers, said one of the country?s foremost agricultural economists.” – Enllaç?