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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.

Remarque:?After the new New Zealand PM’s recent comments about ‘renegotiatingthe TPP, now the Canadian PM has made some comments about ‘not rushingthe TPP (voir ci-dessous).? 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. Mais, 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 trade – The Japan Times – By Tomohiro Osaki (nov 6)

“?je?m committed to achieving a fair, free and reciprocal trading relationship,? Trump said. ?We seek equal and reliable access for American exports to Japan?s market in order to eliminate our chronic trade imbalances and deficits with Japan.? – Lien

Decoding Trump?s China Trade Strategy – le journal Wall Street – By Jacob M. Schlesinger (nov 5)

“Président?s first official trip to the country he has branded ?an economic enemy? could raise more questions than answers on his plans” – Lien?(par abonnement)

Donald Trump begins 12-day Asia trip, Japan first port of call – Livemint (Inde) – By Elizabeth Roche (nov 6)

For India, US govt?s increasing use of the term ?Indo-Pacific? is of particular interest” – Lien

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

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

Jacinda Ardern seeking TPP concessions at first appearance on international stageStuff (NZ) – By Vernon Small (nov 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, particularly?in the Japanese market.” – Lien

‘EU may talk free trade but they don’t do it!’ Trump’s trade chief BLASTS Merkel’s legacyThe Express (Royaume-Uni) – By Oli Smith (nov 6) – Lien

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

Trudeau says Canada ‘will not be rushedinto signing renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – Nouvelles de CBC – By John Paul Tasker (nov 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.” – Lien

Voir également Reuters

Chine?s Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order – New York Times (nov 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.” – Lien

American Agriculture Can?t Afford to Lose out on?Commerce – Farm Bureau NewsBy Hope Pjesky (nov 8)

“…some of the products we take for granted in our grocery stores wouldn?t be available without trade…” – Lien (Remarque: the author is a member of the Global Farmer Network)


EU weedkiller row leaves French winegrowers with a hangover – AFP (France) (oct 25)

The vast majority of producers cultivating western France’s famed Bordeaux?grapes are heavily reliant on weedkillers including glyphosate.” – Lien

Genetically modified apples are headed to grocery stores in the Midwest – Chicago Tribune / Bloomberg – By Lydia Mulvaney (nov 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” – Lien

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

“…they need accurate information to dispel speculations that have ?portrayed this science as an evil that must be detested? – Lien

Biological pesticides may pull integrated pest management out of a bog – Sud-Farm Press – Par John Hart (nov 1)

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

RNAi Key for Pest Research – AgWeb – By Chris Bennett (nov 6)

“Maladie, drought, pests and much more are fair game for RNAi?s unprecedented accuracy.” – Lien

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

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

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

Vitamin E in Maize Could Lead to More Nutritious Crop -?Crop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (nov 8) – Lien



Repetition can often make it true ? and forget about the science – Le producteur occidental (Canada) – By Robert Arnason (oct 31)

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

Relax, You Don?t Need to ?Eat Clean? – New York Times – By Aaron E. Carroll (nov 4)

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

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

?Europe is fighting America in this technologyit is more of a trade war than a scientific war.? – Lien

We are those big, GMO farmersAgWeekBy Kate Lambert (nov 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.” – Lien

Gene technology regulator examines Omega-3 genetically modified canolaThe Weekly Times (Australie) – By Lydal Reading (oct 31) – Lien

Chipotle stockholders? suit says company, CDC kept secrets – Sécurité alimentaire Nouvelles – By Coral Beach (nov 3)

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

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

European farmers say glyphosate deadlock shows mistrust in EU bodiesEuractiv – Par?Sarantis Michalopoulos?(nov 5) – Lien

Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails – Radio Nationale Publique, The SaltBy Dan Charles (nov 2)

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

Is ‘Natural FlavorHealthier Than ‘Artificial Flavor’? – Radio Nationale Publique, The SaltBy Natalie Jacewicz (nov 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 consequencesLien

EPA approves genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika? – New York Daily NewsBy Constance Gibbs (nov 8) – Lien

Confusion over GMOs must stop, farmers tell a listening FDA – Sud-Farm Press – Par John Hart (nov 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.” – Lien

Grand États-Unis. Une étude à la ferme ne révèle aucun lien entre le cancer et le désherbant Monsanto – Reuters – Par Kate Kelland (nov 9)

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto?s popular herbicide RoundUp, ?and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall…?This 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 doesn?t cause cancer.?” – Lien

Voir également – EU hits deadlock over license for Roundup herbicide (Reuters, nov 9)