News items related to ag biotech, trade and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculture will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newly added items will be ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to check in regularly!

POLICY, REGULATORY, LABELING:

House approves federal GMO labeling bill that nullifies Vermont law- Food Navigator USA -By Elaine Watson(जुलाई 14)

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a federal GMO labeling bill (306:117 votes) that would pre-empt and nullify all state-led GMO labeling laws including the one that has just come into effect in Vermont.

Food manufacturers boycott anti-GMO labeling activists in VermontDelta Farm PressBy Forrest Laws in Farm Press Blog(जुलाई 15)

Most activists dont really care whether GMO foods are safe the science says they are. They are much more intent on using labeling requirements to further spread fear and distrust of the food supply so they can force farmers to stop growing GMO crops and reduce pesticide usage.

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/blog/food-manufacturers-boycott-anti-gmo-labeling-activists-vermont

Non-GMO verification frequently illegal and nonsensicalManitoba Co-Operator (कनाडा) – By Karen Daynard (जुलाई 18)

Oddly enough, as taken directly from their website, the Non-GMO Projects verification seal is not a GMO-free claim, it is trustworthy, defensible, transparent, and North Americas only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance. They even know that their claims arent necessarily true.

Link:http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/news-opinion/opinion/non-gmo-verification-frequently-illegal-and-nonsensical/

GMO labeling may be more about marketing than transparency -Genetic Literacy ProjectBy

The organic industry has spent millions of dollars over the years to convince consumers that food containing genetically engineered ingredients are inherently more risky than their own products, in contradiction to the overwhelming scientific consensus.

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/19/gmo-labeling-may-marketing-transparency/

Russia heaps restrictions on GMO imports- GlobalMeatNews.com -By Vladislav Vorotnikov (जुलाई 20)

Russia has adopted a new law to ban imports of GM feed inwar on genetically modified organisms (GMO) found in meat and feed products.

The next GMO-labeling battleground: USDAPoliticoBy Jenny Hopkinson (जुलाई 20)

Every organization from the Grocery Manufacturers Association to the Environmental Working Group is now homing its sights on the department

Link:http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/gmo-labeling-fight-heads-to-usda-225874

Lift GM crop bans, says Productivity CommissionThe Weekly Times (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Natalie Kotsios (जुलाई 19)

It says NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the ACT should all lift their moratoriums on GMOs, arguing there are no economic or health reasons for them.

Link:http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cropping/lift-gm-crop-ban-says-productivity-commission/news-story/2f7c86bc7a6d62c2f31dd4a48847a6ff

Whats in a Name? Plenty, if Its a GMO.National ReviewBy Henry I. Miller (जुलाई 20)

Link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438082/gmo-labeling-unnecessary-meaningless-and-misleading

GM product labelling not in AustraliaThe Land (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Colin Bettles (जुलाई 22)

Link:http://www.theland.com.au/story/4045630/gm-product-labelling-not-in-australia/

EU approves Monsanto, Bayer genetically modified soybeansReuters (जुलाई 22)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-grains-gmos-idUSKCN10212M

BIOTECH:

Activists to present their anti-GM mustard stand before central regulator on MondayThe Times of IndiaBy Vishwa Mohan (जुलाई 17)

Link:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Activists-to-present-their-anti-GM-mustard-stand-before-central-regulator-on-Monday/articleshow/53254481.cms

Fitness and health expert: 10 science-based reasons why Im thankful for GMOs -Genetic Literacy ProjectBy

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/20/fitness-and-health-expert-10-science-based-reasons-why-im-thankful-for-gmos/

Why arent GMOs tested on humans?Biology FortifiedBy Layla Katiraee (जुलाई 19)

“[W]hat is exclusive or unique about GMOs that merits such rigorous testing, yet excludes other crop modification techniques?”

Link:https://www.biofortified.org/2016/07/why-arent-gmos-tested-on-humans/

GM Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Fever Cases by 91% in Piracicaba, ब्राज़िलCrop Biotech Update, ISAAA (जुलाई 20)

Link:http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14587

Opposition to GM food is killing poor peopleThe Irish TimesBy William Reville (जुलाई 21)

Golden rice could save lives in developing countries, but activists continue to resist it in the face of the evidence

Link:http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/opposition-to-gm-food-is-killing-poor-people-1.2719412

An Upgraded 3,000-Year-Old Pea Could Ease Indias Inflation ProblemBloombergBySandrine Rastello(जुलाई 19)

Modi has yet to take a stance on genetically modified food.

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/an-upgraded-3-000-year-old-pea-could-ease-india-s-inflation-problem

Chinese Scientists Push for Wider GMO Use Amid ProtestsYibada (चीन) – ByAlvin Ybanez(जुलाई 20)

Link: http://en.yibada.com/articles/143326/20160720/chinese-scientists-push-wider-gmo-use-amid-protests.htm#ixzz4FA5oodBy

Anti-biotech hidden agenda: Link GMO feed to conventional dairy products to scare adoption of organics -Genetic Literacy ProjectBy

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/22/anti-biotech-hidden-agenda-link-gmo-feed-conventional-dairy-products-scare-adoption-organics/

TRADE:

EU and U.S. seek trade deal this year, knowing large hurdles remainBusiness Insider / Reuters (जुलाई 15)

Link:http://www.businessinsider.com/r-eu-and-us-seek-trade-deal-this-year-knowing-large-hurdles-remain-2016-7

चीन, US on course for continuing trade wranglesSouth China Morning PostBy Zhou Xin – (जुलाई 16)

Washington says Beijing has not done enough to warrant market economy status, while US in turn is accused of growing protectionism

Link:http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1990348/china-us-course-continuing-trade-wrangles

Britain aims to secure free trade deals with 12 countries before leaving the EU in 2019 as Australia and the US emerge at the front of the queue for deal worth billions to UK economyDaily Mail (यूके) – By Matt Dathan (जुलाई 17)

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3694227/Britain-aims-secure-free-trade-deals-12-countries-leaving-EU-Australia-emerge-queue-deal-worth-billions-UK-economy.html#ixzz4En2I6ECj

यू.एस. Governors Focused on Agricultural TradeSuccessful Farming at Agriculture.comBy Anna McConnell (जुलाई 16)

From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton, they all have something to say about trade, but the governors are the best indicators, Governor Walker says.

Link:http://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/us-governors-focused-on-agricultural-trade

African blocs fail to agree on Free Trade AreaThe East AfricanBy James Anyanzwa (जुलाई 16)

Link:http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/African-blocs-fail-to-agree-on-Free-Trade-Area/-/2558/3297410/-/lny9k0z/-/index.html

यू.एस. committed to TTIP, more important due to Brexit: KerryReuters (जुलाई 18)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-ttip-kerry-idUSKCN0ZY139

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIPEurActiv.comBy Georgi Gotev (जुलाई 18)

Link:http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/kerry-to-embark-on-eu-roadshow-to-promote-ttip/

Key Republican skeptical of lame-duck Pacific trade voteMarketWatchBy Robert Schroeder (जुलाई 18)

Link:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/key-republican-skeptical-of-lame-duck-pacific-trade-vote-2016-07-18

Showing America why the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal mattersThe Australian Finance ReviewBy Craig Emerson (जुलाई 19)

Read more: http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/showing-america-why-the-transpacific-partnership-trade-deal-matters-20160718-gq8350#ixzz4EsZwAMMM

As fast as possible USA’s John Kerry calls for urgent transatlantic trade with BritainExpress (यूके) – By Greg Heffer (जुलाई 20)

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday signalled America would act speedily to set up a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain.

Link:http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/690972/US-Secretary-of-State-John-Kerry-post-Brexit-trade-deal-Theresa-May-Barack-Obama-EU

More Than a Trade AgreementUS News & World ReportBy Paul Nadeau (जुलाई 19)

Abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership means leaving Japan and the rest of Asia in the lurch.

Link:http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-07-19/tpp-is-important-for-japan-and-asia-relations-not-just-economics

Brazilian port push opens up big farm growth opportunitiesThe Land (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Andrew Marshall (जुलाई 20)

Brazils enviable agricultural export capacity is enjoyinga port construction boom

Link:http://www.theland.com.au/story/4040224/brazilian-port-push-opens-up-big-farm-growth-opportunities/

India and US embroiled in poultry imports row- GlobalMeatNews -By Keith Nuthall (जुलाई 21)

India threatens to remove import restrictions on US poultry, but Washington has said it will seek to impose retaliatory duties in case New Delhis liberalisation falls short of global trading standards.

Chinas Soybean Imports Seen Dropping for First Time in 15 YearsBloombergByManisha Jha(जुलाई 19)

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/china-s-soybean-imports-seen-dropping-for-first-time-in-15-years-iqthz1a4

TTIP Negotiators Reiterate 2016 Goal, While Noting Market Access GapsICTSD Bridges (जुलाई 21)

Link:http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/ttip-negotiators-reiterate-2016-goal-while-noting-market-access-gaps

FOOD SECURITY, AG TECH, CROP PROTECTION, OTHER ISSUES:

Greening: Florida citrus not viable by 2019, models predict -Southeast Farm PressByJohn Hart(जुलाई 19)

We are at a tipping point. Promising research is coming out. The idea is to implement this research in stages so that we can get the growers to maintain productivity while better and better strategies come out.

Link:http://southeastfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/greening-florida-citrus-not-viable-2019-models-predict

African farmers say they can feed the world, and we might soon need them toQuartz AfricaBy Peter Schwartzstein (जुलाई 20)

With 60-65% of the worlds uncultivated arable land and 10% of renewable freshwater resources, Africas immense agricultural potential has long been a keen point of discussion among agronomists and global decision-makers.

Link:http://qz.com/736626/african-farmers-say-they-can-feed-the-world-and-we-might-soon-need-them-to/?sf31380549=1

New Way to Boost Crop Production Doesnt Rely on GMOs or PesticidesMIT Tech ReviewBy Mike Orcutt (जुलाई 21)

Researchers are fiddling with the plant equivalent of gut bacteria.

Link:https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601930/new-way-to-boost-crop-production-doesnt-rely-on-gmos-or-pesticides/

It matters not how much oil if theres no food or TPDelta Farm PressBy Hembree Brandon in Farm Press Blog(जुलाई 19)

America enjoys a level of food security that ranks it No. 1 worldwide, thanks to a lot of arable land and the continually increasing efficiency and productivity of the American farmer and the U.S. food distribution system.

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/blog/it-matters-not-how-much-oil-if-there-s-no-food-or-tp

When Community-Supported Agriculture Is Not What It SeemsThe New York TimesBy Julie Moskin (जुलाई 19)

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/dining/csa-farm-share-community-supported-agriculture.html

Wal-Mart, America’s Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And VegetablesNPR, The SaltBy Maria Godoy (जुलाई 20)

Link:http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/20/486664266/walmart-world-s-largest-grocer-is-now-selling-ugly-fruit-and-veg

Obama signs Global Food Security ActAgri-Pulse -By Stephen Davies(जुलाई 20)

Link:http://www.agri-pulse.com/Obama-signs-Global-Food-Security-Act-07202016.asp

Dow-DuPont Shareholders Approve $59 Billion Merger of EqualsBloombergBy Jack Kaskey (जुलाई 20)

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-20/dow-dupont-shareholders-approve-59-billion-merger-of-equals