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.

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As this week’s title suggests, it’s a wild ride out there on trade issues and news. The initial list of stories below is only a short sample of what’s out there at the moment covering all the continents and virtually every part of planet. It seems as though everyone is talking to someone.

It poses the question to think about, whether President Trump’s Administration has thrown a wrench into the gears of world trade that has slowed things down, or perhaps ultimately kick-started a renewed interest in the importance of international trade, markets and access. It seems a number of different arguments can be made, and time will tell.

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TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

US tightens pressure on Japan for bilateral trade dealNikkei Asian ReviewBy Takeshi Kawanami (abril 16)

Trump eager to appease American farmers ahead of midterm elections” – Link

Trump suggests return to TPP as farmers fear trade war with ChinaNikkei Asian ReviewBy Ariana King and Ken Moriya Su (abril 13)

Trade pact would offer alternative markets in Japan and Asia-Pacific” – Link

Australian farm exports to lose advantages if US re-joins TPPFarmOnlineBy Colin Bettles (abril 16)

Like anything, there are pros and consweve got to work our way through itbut lets just see what the Americans do.Link

TRUMPS TRADE WAR WITH CHINA IS JUST HIS OPENING GAMBITSouth China Morning PostOpinion by Wang Xiangwei (abril 14)

With Sinophobic elements in the White House seemingly intent on containing Chinas economic rise, the next moves to throw Beijing off balance are likely to involve Taiwan and the South China Sea” – Link

Vice-President Pence says NAFTA deal possible in several weeksCBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (abril 14)

‘We think we are close, we are encouraged at the progress of our negotiations,’ Pence says” – Link

Brussels mulls offer of trade deal to Trump, if he drops tariff threatPolitico Europe EditionBy Hans Von der Burchard (abril 15)

The aim is to use the prospect of a trade deal as a bargaining chip to exclude the EU from punitive tariffs of25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum…” – Link

Mexico Pushes to Finish Trade Deal With EU This MonthBloombergBy Eric Martin (abril 12) – Link

In Paris, Trudeau Defends Benefits of EU-Canada Trade DealUS News & World Report (abril 16)

Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron said they discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries.” – Link

Japan and China pledge to accelerate free trade talksNikkei Asian ReviewBy Saki Haya Shi (abril 16)

Both agree to work more closely at first high-level economic meeting in eight years” – Link

Free Trade Gets a Boost in AfricaMarketplaceby Andy Uhler (abril 13)

Developing economies tend to benefit even more from free trade agreements than the developed world…” – Link

China fans trade dispute with hefty deposit on U.S. sorghum importsReutersBy Dominque Patton (abril 17)

Todays decision in China reflects a broader trade fight in which U.S. sorghum farmers are the victim, not the cause…” – Link

Beijing Forges Ahead With ‘Made In ChinaPolicy, Targeted By Proposed U.S. TariffsNPRBy Anthony Kuhn (abril 17)

The Trump administration sees the policy as another effort to steal U.S. technology and push American firms out of the Chinese market.” – Link

Meet the Chinese farmers delighted by the prospect of a US trade warSouth China Morning Post / AP (abril 13) – Link

Rejoin the TPPNational ReviewBy The Editors (abril 18)

The simplest reason why is that it would boost the American economyThere are compelling diplomatic reasons to rejoin the agreement as well.” – Link

CGTN America (abril 28)

CGTN’s Mike Walter spoke to Marc Ross about what many believe is a looming U.S.-China trade war. Ross is the Co-Founder and a Partner with Caracal Global, an int’l communications and management company.” – Link

Mexican president says optimistic about reworking NAFTA trade dealReuters (abril 22) – Link

EU, Mexico reach agreement in principle on free trade deal -EURACTIV.com with AFP and Reuters (abril 22)

Under the updated terms of the 2000 deal, practically all bilateral trade in goods will now be duty-free, including in the agricultural sector…” – Link

Very good chanceof a U.S.-China trade deal: TrumpReuters (abril 24)

Chinas very serious, and were very serious, Trump told reporters…” – Link

Paraguay soy farmers hopeful newly elected Senate will not slap levy on exportsMercoPress (abril 25) – Link

India may face pressure to cut duties on 90% of goods traded with ChinaThe Economic Times (Índia) – By Kirtika Suneja (abril 25)

Beijings sudden interest in the closure of the RCEP is fuelled by Washingtons renewed interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, another mega regional trade partnership.” – Link

 


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

Ghana loses about US$64 million through armyworm infestationGhana News AgencyBy Stephen Asante (abril 12)

“…studies had shown that genetically-modified maize with in-built disease-resistent genes had the potential to withstand the harmful effects of the pests.” – Link

One million smallholder farmers to get discounted seeds, cropping technology NIRSALPremium Times (Nigeria) (abril 12)

“…would grant farmers including women and youth, access to quality discounted inputs, modern technology, and training on best use of farm inputs to achieve high yields.” – Link

Shipping container farms bring food source closer to city dwellersABC News (Austràlia) – By Jessica Schremmer (abril 16)

We yet have to see if it all works but for us it’s about getting the consistency.” – Link

Study shows why gluten-free is preferred by some consumersThe Land (Austràlia) (abril 15)

The results suggest that non-coeliac gluten avoiders dont just steer away from gluten but also avoid other food types, such as dairy or eggs…” – Link

Scientists Want to Replace Pesticides With BacteriaBloomberg BusinessweekBy Elizabeth G Dunn (abril 16)

“… dozen or so agricultural technology startups trying to take advantage…” – Link

A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among FarmersNPRBy Dan Charles (abril 9) – Link

 


POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Is This Tomato Engineered? Inside the Coming Battle Over Gene-Edited FoodWall Street JournalBy Jacob Bunge and Amy Dockser Marcus (abril 15)

The agriculture industry, which hopes Crispr technology will transform the business, faces opponents who call it GMO 2.0” – Link (subscription-based)

DIRTY DOZEN LIST PUTS UNNECESSARY FEAR IN CONSUMERS OVER HEALTHY FOODS, FOOD SCIENTIST WARNSNewsweekBy Dana Dovey (abril 10) – Link

The Inconvenient Truth About The Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List -Forbes.comBy Steven Savage (abril 11)

What that data actually demonstrates is the outstanding safety profile of the U.S. food supply, but EWG twists itLink

‘WELL FEDDOCUMENTARY WIPES AWAY FEAR OF GMOSCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (abril 11)

Two friends from Amsterdam, Netherlands with opposing views ongenetically modified organisms(OGM) investigated the truth behind biotechnology…” – Link

Without its GM cotton patents, Monsanto may stop doing business in IndiaBusiness InsiderBy Dilsher Dhillon (abril 12)

An arm of Indiasagricultureministry will now determine the royalty rate for Monsantos seeds- a move that could scare off other foreign companies.” – Link

Indian, MNC seed firms form new associationThe Times of India / PTI (abril 16)

Global and domestic seed companiesformed a new association ‘Alliance for Agri Innovationto take up the policy issues related to the sector and promote new farm technologies.” – Link

Would the Green Revolution have survived fearmongering social media? – Farm PressBy John Hart (abril 17)

People have never been better fed or better clothed than they are today. Its easy to take to Twitter and Facebook with a full belly.” – Link

France bans use of meaty names for veggie foodFood NavigatorBy Katy Askew (abril 23)

France looks set to prohibit meat terms from being used to describe plant-based foods, with MPs backing a proposal to ban producers of meat substitutes from using phrases like steak or sausage to describe meat-free products.” – Link

Are G.M.O. Foods Safe? – The New York TimesPersonal Health, by Jane E. Brody (abril 23)

Its human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetic engineering of food and feed crops resulted in their resounding condemnation as Frankenfoods by many consumers, who seem as terrified of eating an apple with an added anti-browning gene or a pink pineapple genetically enriched with the antioxidant lycopene as I am of self-driving cars.” – Link