एजी जैव प्रौद्योगिकी से संबंधित समाचार आइटम, व्यापार ? और शायद कृषि से जुड़ी कुछ अन्य दिलचस्प चीजें ? सप्ताह भर इस पृष्ठ पर पोस्ट किया जाएगा (as the week progresses newly added items will be in?हरा वर्गों के तल पर). ?Be sure to check in regularly!


It may be political convention time and hence ‘trade-bashing seasonin the US as this week’s GFN column by Tim Burrack, When Trump and Clinton Talk Bad About Trade, Silence is Not Golden, points outbut here is a nicely done short multimedia piece telling what is and what will continue to be a tremendous success story for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh. ?Well worth taking several minutes to check out, so please do!


Bangladesh’s genetically modified eggplantsAljazeeraA production by Hidde Boersma, Philip Fountain and Karsten de Vreugd (Multimedia format with video and audio)

Can genetically modified crops improve the lives of the poorest farmers?



Report urges WTO members to resist protectionism and ?get trade moving again? – विश्व व्यापार संगठन (जुलाई 25)

WTO members need to avoid putting up barriers and ?get trade moving again? in order to address slow global economic growth, according to the Director-General?s mid-year report on trade-related developments issued on 25 जुलाई. The Trade Monitoring Report concludes that the ?best safeguard we have against protectionism is a strong multilateral trading system?.”


UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China?- GlobalMeatNews.com -?ऑस्कर रूसो द्वारा (जुलाई 25)

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (एफटीए), only possible once Brexit is realised.

Obama, Mexican president stress importance of relationshipFox News / AP (जुलाई 22)


Trump blasts TPP, other ‘baddealsNikkei Asian ReviewBy Naoya Yoshino (जुलाई 23)


Tim Kaine changes course on TPP after VP nodCBS NewsBy Reena Flores (जुलाई 23)

A Clinton aide confirmed to CBS News that Kaine had made a private commitment to Clinton that he would now oppose TPP…”


Trump ag advisers signal candidate flexibility on trade, आप्रवासनAgri-PulseBy Philip Brasher (जुलाई 22)


The Truth About Trade -?What Critics Get Wrong About the Global EconomyForeign Affairs -?By Douglas A. Irwin?(जुलाई / अगस्त 2016 issue)

Blaming other countries for the United States? economic woes is an age-old tradition in American politics…”


Majority of Americans support expanded trade, poll – पहाड – By Vicki Needham (जुलाई 22)

“[टी]he United States must engage globally to grow the economy, a view that runs counter to the anti-trade sentiment in the presidential campaigns, according to a new poll.


Fran O’Sullivan: Never mind the warshipspassing the TPP is what matters nowNew Zealand HeraldBy Fran O’Sullivan (जुलाई 23)


In our opinion: Despite alarming shift against free trade, free trade is provenDeseret News (Utah) – By Editorial Board (जुलाई 26)

The truth about trade, तथापि, goes beyond popular slogans. It has been proven through decades of experience. Free trade raises incomes, creates jobs, fosters innovation and reduces the price of goods we buy.


Why Dropping the Trans-Pacific Partnership May Be a Bad Idea – न्यूयॉर्क टाइम्स – Economic Sense by Eduardo Porter (जुलाई 26)


Germany’s Merkel: US trade deal ‘absolutelyin EU interestUS News & World Report / AP (जुलाई 28)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a planned trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union isabsolutely in Europe’s interestand is rejecting an industry group’s criticism that politicians aren’t doing enough to support it



Field of genes: Cultivating biopharma, bio-ag linksBoston GlobeBy Robert Weisman (जुलाई 23)


Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import?- फूड नेविगेटर -?निअम मिखाइल द्वारा?(जुलाई 25)

The European Commission authorised three GMOs to be sold for food and feed in Europe last week.

GMO Tomatoes May Stay Firm LongerThe Wall Street JournalBy Daniela Hernandez (जुलाई 25)

The genetic tweaks don?t significantly affect color and may preserve flavor, according to a new study


Supreme Court opens door for GMO researchBusiness World (फिलीपींस) – By Vince Alvic A. F. Nonato (जुलाई 27)


We talked to a Harvard geneticist who thinks this unlikely ingredient could end one of the longest-raging food wars once and for all – व्यापार अंदरूनी सूत्र – आयलैंड Brodwin तक (जुलाई 25)


Soylent: ‘Proudly Made with GMOs?- खाद्य नेविगेटर अमरीका -?By Elaine Watson?(जुलाई 28)

“यह?s a bold move given how highly-charged ? and extremely polarizedthe debate has become, but Los Angeles-based start-up Soylent has weighed into the conversation over genetically engineered food crops with a blog post entitled: ‘Soylent: Proudly Made with GMOs.'


On-farm events improve consumer perception – feedstuffs – By Sarah Muirhead (जुलाई 20)

The percentage of first-time visitors agreeing or strongly agreeing that farmers treat animals humanely increased from 61% सेवा 91% after touring the farm.


Taxpayers are paying for scientific scaremongering – पहाड -?By Andrew Langer, contributor (जुलाई 16)

Congress might want to take a hard look at how taxpayers money is being squandered on junk science by some federal agencies.


तंजानिया: Smallholder Farmers Advised to Operate Under One Formal Group – allAfrica / Tanzania Daily NewsBy Bernard Lugongo (जुलाई 26)

“[S]mallholder farmers in the country face a range of challenges, including obtaining and paying for quality seeds, fertiliser and pesticides and transporting goods to the market.


Venezuelans are so desperate they are swarming over the border to buy foodThe Washington PostBy Nick Miroff (जुलाई 25)


Factory Farmer? नहीं, I’m A Family FarmerForbes.comBy Lawson Mozley, GMO Answers contributor (जुलाई 22)

Today I was called a ?factory farmer? because I use vaccines and antibiotics in my cattle herd and genetically engineered crop varieties in our fields.

While I didn?t take it as the insult it was meant to be, it betrayed an inherent flaw in the way the public sees farmers and food in our country. Somehow, large = bad, technology = dangerous, science = scary, and efficient = evil.


Genetics might help grow perfect cup of coffee – आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – By Diana Gitig (जुलाई 27)

“[डब्ल्यू]ild Arabica (Coffea arabica,?the best-loved species of coffee) could be extinct as soon as 2020.


Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration. यहाँ?s why we often hate new stuff.The Washington Post, नवाचार – By Steven Overly (जुलाई 21)


Why Has Organic Farming Flatlined? – विज्ञान 2.0 -?By Hank Campbell?(जुलाई 27)
Organic farmland remains stuck at around 1% because?organic food itself is for the 1% – it is lots of things; a lifestyle, a world-view, a way of self-identification and being distinct from the peasantsbut it is not a mass movement.

U.N. warns of ‘race against time’ के लिये 23 million drought-stricken African farmersBy Magdalena Mis (जुलाई 28)


Wild or farmed fish: will changing consumer attitudes be good news for aquaculture??- फूड नेविगेटर -?By Natalie Morrison (जुलाई 28)

The question ?farmed fish or wild fish?? has leaned heavily towards the most natural option, but new studies suggest changing consumer sentiment could be good news for aquaculture.

Why Food Labeling Has Little To Do With Knowing What Is In Your FoodForbes.comBy Steven Savage (जुलाई 26)

“[टी]he net effect of all of this will do very little to help Americans ?know what is in their food.? ?That assessment may sound harsh, but a quick review of the history of U.S. food labeling is rather sobering.


People want GMO food labeled ? which is pretty much all they know about GMOsWashington PostBy Chelsea Harvey (जुलाई 21)

“?There are a lot of groups that have been very vocal one way or the other, and I think we have confused the American public on this issue,? she said.


Organic Leaders Turn On Whole Foods And Each Other Over GMO Labeling Bill Forbes.comBy Kavin Senapathy (जुलाई 29)

“[O]ne thing remains?clear: the labeling movement was never about consumers? right to know. This ?सही? has always been a subterfuge for something more nefarious