Nouvelles concernant tech ag, biotechnologies, 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 in vert au fond de sections). Consultez la page au cours de la semaine pour les mises à jour.



Trump uses tariffs as negotiating tactic in NAFTA talksCNNMoneyBy Patrick Gillespie (Mar 5)

Last week Trump said he will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from all countries. Over the weekend, his advisers confirmed that no countries are expected to receive exemptions from the tariffs.” – Lien

Trump says Canada and Mexico will escape new tariffs only after NAFTA concessions – Washington post – By Damian Paletta (Mar 5)

Tying NAFTA to the steel and aluminum tariffs shows that Trump is trying to use his new trade gambit as leverage” – Lien

Farm Republicans revolt against Trump?s steel ?tax.? Warn it?ll cost him at the polls. – McClatchyBy Franco Ordonez and Lindsay Wise (Mar 2) – Lien

Azev?do calls on members to avoid triggering an escalation in trade barriers – L'organisation de commerce mondial (Mar 5) – Lien

Trade gap between domestic and imported organic soy & corn raises questions about fraud – Food Navigator USA -?Par Elizabeth Crawford (Mar 5)

In some cases products labeled as organic imported from certain countries exceed the total amount of that product the country could even produce.” – Lien

China to scrap US broiler duties following WTO debateGlobalMeatNews.comBy Keith Nuthall (Mar 3)

China has said it will scrap the anti-dumping and countervailing duties it has been imposing on broiler product exports from the United States, following a long World Trade Organisation (OMC) battle over the issue.” – Lien

Eyes on the ‘prize’: Canada hosting South American bloc in hopes of accessing free trade with Brazil, Argentine – national post (Canada) – By Marie-Danielle Smith (fév 28) – Lien

Eleven nations?but not US?to sign Trans-Pacific trade deal – CNBC / Reuters (Mar 8)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will reduce tariffs in countries that together amount to more than 13 percent of the global economya total of $10 mille milliards. With the United States, it would have represented 40 percent.” – Lien

EU-US trade spat: ?This is the last thing we need,? say EU farmers – Food Navigator – By Niamh Michail (Mar 9)

A trade dispute between the US and EU would hit the agricultural sectors of both countries hard, farming association Copa and Cogeca has warned.” – Lien

Trump on Trade: Better Than Smoot-Hawley? – Rasumessen ReportsCommentary By Michael Barone (Mar 9)

Trump’s move is widely depicted as a departure from free trade policies pursued by every administration since World War II. Mais… his move is not all that different from what other postwar presidents have done.” – Lien

Another Party Line Split, This Time On Tariffs – Rapports Rasmussen (Mar 14)

Most Republicans support the new order, but Democrats give it a thumbs down.” – Lien

Trudeau Floats Tariffs to Prevent Flood of Steel Through Canada – Bloomberg – By Josh Wingrove (Mar 13) – Lien

Next round of NAFTA talks could begin April 8 – Mexican minister – Reuters (Mar 14) – Lien

Is the Trade Resurgence Sustainable? – Knowledge@Wharton, Univ. of Penn (Mar 12)

Amid reports of rising economic nationalism and potential trade wars, what gets missed is that the strong uptick in trade over the last two years looks likely to wind down even without the newest threats.” – Lien


Experts aim to turn tobacco plant from killer into biofactory – aliments pour animaux (fév 26)

New varieties of tobacco potentially could produce compounds such as antibodies, vaccines and medicines in a sustainable manner.” – Lien

Probiotic fruits: The future of healthy snackingNutraingredientsBy Tim Cutcliffe (Mar 5)

“…agricultural industry needs to take breeding research seriously by testing for heat-tolerant varieties.- Lien

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less waterYahoo! Nouvelles / AFP (France) – By Marlowe Hood (Mar 6)

If major food crops respond the same way, they said, the first-of-its-kind genetichackcould help feed the growing population of an increasingly water-starved world.” – Lien

Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation – Reuters – By Jose Roberto Gomes (Mar 2) – Lien

Uganda’s researchers ready to taste test their GMO vitamin A-enriched bananaProjet d'alphabétisation génétique – By Lominda Afedraru (Mar 12) – Lien




Not just elections? Russia meddles in GMO debate, aussi – The New Food EconomyBy H. Claire Brown (fév 27)

If Russia is able to effectively discredit the U.S. biotechnology industry?an industry which has considerable public relations problems already?it may open up new global markets for Russian exports.” – Lien

To Create Conflict, Russians Fuel GMO DebateFuturismBy Dom Galeon (fév 28)

“Il?s also worth noting that?GMOs are banned in Russia, as the country claims to be the world?s leading organic crop exporter.” – Lien

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Republicans Accuse Russia of Using Social Media to Roil U.S. Politique énergétique -?Bloomberg – By Ari Natter and Alan Bjerga (Mar 1)

“Russie, which has surpassed the U.S. to become the world?s leading exporter of wheat, has banned production and imports of genetically modified crops. Il?s rebranding its agriculture asecologically clean”” – Lien

OGM: Give farmers a chance to speak outDaily Monitor (Ouganda) – By Emma Naluyima (Mar 2)

“…because actual farmers are too busy on their farms to be part of these debates, arm-chair farmers and NGOs claiming to represent farmers have jumped on this [anti-GMO] activism.” – Lien

Monsanto vs illegal seeds: Illegal ones selling at 1.7x show farmers value?La technologie – Le Financial Express (Inde) (fév 24)

Illegal ones selling at 1.7x show farmers value technology” – Lien

Bill Gates calls GMOs ‘perfectly healthy’ ? and scientists say he’s rightBusiness InsiderBy Erin Brodwin (fév 27) – Lien

Argentina approves GMO varieties for corn and soybeans – Reuters (Mar 6) – Lien

Ripe for a rethink: Why the anti-GMO crowd can’t have it both waysFinancial Post (Canada) – By Toban Dyck (Mar 12)

Consumers need to come to intelligent conclusions about the various things for which they criticize the agricultural community… ?People think that just because something is organic, il?s betterI know of some very toxic organic pesticides. Ones that are very poisonous.?” – Lien

le “organiclabel is often meaningless.? Here’s the next food phrase big brands are banking on. – MicBy Alex Orlov (Mar 8)

?Regenerative agriculture? is a bit of a mouthful compared to ?organic,? but there?s a good reason why consumers should familiarize themselves with the term: It will start appearing on food labels as a way for brands to demonstrate they work with farmers dedicated to healthy soil.” – Lien

Bayer Faces U.S. Hurdles for Monsanto Antitrust NodBlooombergBy David McLaughlin (Mar 15)

The government wants the German chemicals company to divest more assets to resolve its concerns” – Lien

Russia’s war on GMOsBoulder WeeklyBy Paul Danish (Mar 15)

So what are the Russians after here?” – Lien