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On Tuesday, मई 17 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released an exhaustive report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. ?Below are several articles based on the report:


Greece to block TTIP unless geographical indications are protectedEurActiv – द्वारा?Sarantis Michalopoulos (मई 13)

The Greek government is ready to veto the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU unless it ensures increased protection for key agricultural?geographical indicators.


TTIP trade deal under threat over the Feta factoreuronews (मई 16)


Farmers need support to adapt to the TPP, say expertsViet Nam News (मई 14)

Experts said the most important thing at present was raising awareness of farmers about the opportunities and challenges of the TPP, so that they will aim to increase productivity and product quality.


Africa urged to dismantle trade, movement barriers to spur growthDaily Mail (यूके) / रायटर -?By Duncan Miriri and Clement Uwiringiyimana (मई 13)


EU defends US free trade deal amid growing oppositionLivemint (भारत) / AFP (मई 13)

A historic free trade deal between Europe and the US could be reached if members states endorse it, says EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstroem


Obama?s Pivot to Asia Staggers as Trade Deal Stalls in Congress – ब्लूमबर्ग – By Angela Greiling Keane (मई 15)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said he would prefer the trade agreement over another carrier battle group in the Pacific.


Trade policy issues are blurring old lines, turning politics in 2016 inside outKansas City StarBy Dave Helling (मई 14)

Candidates and voters in both major parties appear to be switching long-held positions on trade policy: Free-trade Republicans are becoming protectionist, while some Democrats are moving the opposite direction on exports and imports.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article77675362.html#storylink=cpy

Millennials Get Free Trade, Why Doesn?t Anyone Else?Investor’s Business Daily, Editorial (मई 13)

A new survey shows that the so-called millennial generation is the only one that thinks free trade is a good thing. So why is it that both political parties are shunning this huge voting block?”


Imports work for America – पहाड (blog) – By Steve Lamar, contributor (मई 13)

“अफसोस की बात है, the American public knows little about U.S. imports ? often overlooked in U.S. trade policy ? and the important role they play in our lives. Rather, lots of attention is devoted to U.S. exports and the jobs and opportunities they create


Why grain farmers support the TPP trade?deal – नेशनल पोस्ट (कनाडा) – By Levi Wood and Jim Wickett (मई 16)

There might be protectionist rhetoric coming from both political parties in the U.S. today, but that?s no reason for Canada to not move forward and lead on this critical issue.


**ध्यान दें: Levi Wood is a member of the ग्लोबल किसान नेटवर्क

Cloak of Secrecy Fuels Anxiety Over Trans-Atlantic Trade Talks – न्यूयॉर्क टाइम्स – By Celestine Bohlen (मई 16)


US beef arrives in South Africa?- GlobalMeatNews -?By Oscar Rousseau (मई 17)

The first shipment of US beef has arrived in South Africa, after an ?intense? and long-running trade dispute between both nations was resolved in January.

Govt says domestic agriculture to ?go on offensive? under TPPThe Japan News / Jiji Press (मई 17)

Japan will go on the offensive in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries by taking advantage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, a government white paper on agriculture said Tuesday.


Trade Is a National Security Imperative – वॉल स्ट्रीट जर्नल – By Robert B. Zoellick (मई 16)

Abandoning the Pacific pact will tell America?s Asian allies that the U.S. is yielding to China. They will accommodate accordingly.


Anti-trade rhetoric not denting U.S. trade chief’s hopes for TPP vote – रायटर – By Mitra Taj (मई 17)



Marketing Ploy May Mean Moving Ag Backwards?AgInfo.netBy KayDee Gilkey (मई 12)

We make all of these amazing innovations and then we preclude them from being used. This is not helping with overall food productions? footprint ? it is going the wrong way.?


The Meaninglessness of ‘Healthy’ खाना: Six Ways Labels Need to Change – ब्लूमबर्ग – दीना शंकर द्वारा (मई 12)


The Harm in Blindly ?Going Gluten Free? – अटलांटिक – By James Hamblin (मई 16)


Zimbabwe DroughtFive Million Face Food Shortage – allAfrica / Al Jazeera (मई 16)


Lessons from fighting a droughtLivemint (भारत) – By NS Ramnath (मई 17)

Seven learnings on how droughts can be managed to take the sting out of the phenomena


**ध्यान दें: वी. Ravichandran in the article is a member of the Global Farmer Network?and recipient of the 2013 Kleckner पुरस्कार.

नियामक, GOV’T:

EPA faces second U.S. lawmakers investigation into glyphosate review – रायटर – By P.J. Huffstutter (मई 13)

A second group of lawmakers is investigating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (ईपीए) over its review of glyphosate, questioning why it withdrew a report that said the chemical in the world’s most widely used weed killer was likely not carcinogenic.


Congress Questions EPA on Glyphosate, Atrazine – AGWEB – By Alison Rice (मई 13)

Members are also frustrated by the pace of EPA?s process. ?We are concerned that EPA has continually delayed its review of glyphosate,? the letter said.


Senate strengthens flood control, waterways infrastructure -?Delta Farm Press – द्वारा?Forrest Laws?(मई 13)


Judge strikes down GMO ban in Oregon?s Josephine CountyCapital PressBy Mateusz Perkowski (मई 16)


Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee?- Food Navigator -?By Niamh Michail?(मई 17)

Monsanto Cancels Plan to Sell GMO Seed in Argentina – वॉल स्ट्रीट जर्नल – By Jacob Bunge and Taos Turner (मई 17)

“[टी]he government?s actions were ?not consistent? with its past promises to support intellectual property rights and private agreements.


Argentine farmers urge gov’t to clinch GMO deal with MonsantoSt. Louis Post-DispatchBy Hugh Bronstein, रायटर (मई 18)


Errors, Bias And Conflicts Of Interest Make UN Agency Contender For Worst Regulator Ever Forbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (मई 18)

Because of its [glyphosate] association with genetic engineering, activists hate it and have long tried to raise safety concerns about the chemical.


Stalemate at EU glyphosate talks, no vote taken?- Feed Navigator -?By Jane Byrne (मई 19)

The glyphosate dossier is to be handed over to the Commission, following on from the PAFF committee’s failure today to generate a vote on the controversial herbicide.

Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency approve AquAdvantage Salmon?Government of Canada (मई 19)

AquAdvantage Genetically Modified Salmon Found to be Safe as a Food and a Livestock Feed



Mysuru institute tests GM, disease-resistant silkwormsThe Times of India (मई 15)

According to a textile ministry document, the genetically modified wormscan prevent the losses caused by the Grasserie disease, which is responsible for up to 20% crop loss in silkworm”.”


Smart Farming report urges axing of biotech prohibitions – ज़मीन (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – कॉलिन Bettles तक (मई 15)

The House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committee?रों ?Smart Farming? report has recommended cutting duplicative State laws that frighten potential agricultural biotechnology investments and hinder farm productivity, by undermining federal food safety regulators.


Failed Greenpeace anti-GM campaign exposed – ज़मीन (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – कॉलिन Bettles तक (मई 15)

The activist incident was outlined in detail in a report handed down by the House of Representatives Environment Committee last week which recommended sanctions against groups listed for tax deductions that break the law repeatedly.


Are there GMOs in our moon dust? Gwyneth Paltrow demands to know! – पीसने के लिये अन्न – By Eve Andrews (मई 13)


GM potato field trials get the go-ahead – किसानों को साप्ताहिक (यूके) – By Johann Tasker (मई 12)

संपर्क: http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/gm-potato-field-trials-get-the-go-ahead.htm

National Academy of Sciences finds no evidence of GMO health effects?- St. Louis Post-DispatchBy Jacob Barker (मई 17)

One of the nation?s premier scientific bodies says it has found no evidence of adverse human health effects after 20 years of genetically-modified crop adoption.


Keeping My Farm Sustainable With GMO CropsForbes.comBy Gene Stoel (मई 17)

GMOs allow farmers to fight insects and weeds more effectively and enhance soil health.


Bt cotton adoption creates more employment opportunities in female laborers in PakistanCrop Biotech Update, ISAAA (मई 18)

संपर्क: ?http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14416

Taller, stronger rice plantThe Daily Star (Bangladesh) – By Reaz Ahmed (मई 15)

Bangladeshi scientists develop 2 modern, high-yielding varieties that can withstand tidal surge


Mitch Daniels Takes on ‘Callous, Heartless and CruelAnti-GMO ActivistsNational ReviewBy Julie Kelly (मई 18)

?When you hold so many moral high cards on something that?s best for the environment and for humanity, you have to be willing to mix it up,? he told me. ?People with a direct self-interest are actively misinforming the public. We need to counter that in a more forceful way.?


We must end our superstitious objections to genetically modified foodThe Telegraph (यूके) – By Juliet Samuel (मई 18)

“डब्ल्यूhere does modern corn on the cob come from? Well-informed diners will know the answer: Latin America. But what they probably don?t know is that it never grew there naturally. Humans created it.


?GM crops ideal for drought-hit TS?The Hindu (भारत) (मई 19)


Scientists refute the scaremongering about GMOs Washington Post, Editorial (मई 19)

“[टी]he National Academies…?authoritative रिपोर्ट good?refutes the counterproductive scaremongering from the anti-genetically-engineered side.