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!

 

**Senate passes GMO labeling compromiseFarm Futures (जुलाई 8)

The Senate on Thursday passed the Roberts-Stabenow compromise on GMO labeling, 63-30″

Link:http://farmfutures.com/story-senate-passes-gmo-labeling-compromise-0-143745

POLICY, LABELING, REGULATION, etc.:

As Vermont GMO law takes effect, Senate debates national standard -Minneapolis Star TribuneBy Jim Spencer (जुलाई 2)

Last Friday, Vermont implemented the countrys first law that makes food distributors reveal the presence of genetically engineered ingredientsIn a few weeks, that law could be dead.

Link:http://www.startribune.com/as-vermont-gmo-law-takes-effect-senate-debates-national-standard/385247351/

How vegetarians, gluten-frees, grain-frees and other L.A. food tribes ruined my BBQ traditionLos Angeles TimesOp-ed by Robin Rauzi (जुलाई 1)

Back in 2011, when the tradition began, I didnt fully appreciate the proliferation of distinct food tribes, many of which would have starved in the spear-chucking days.

Link:http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rauzi-la-bbq-food-tribes-20160701-snap-story.html

Ags aging infrastructure: Capital needed to modernize, expandSouthwest Farm PressBy Ron Smith (जुलाई 5)

Link:http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/ag-s-aging-infrastructure-capital-needed-modernize-expand

France will trial mandatory country of origin labelling for two years- Food Navigator -By Niamh Michail(जुलाई 6)

France will be trialling mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and dairy in prepared foods for two years, a move which has split industry.

Consumer survey suggests Vermont GMO labels strongly mislead consumers, claims CRA- Food Navigator USA -By Elaine Watson(जुलाई 6)

An industry-backed survey of 1,665 online primary shoppers suggests that Vermonts mandatory GMO labels strongly mislead consumers, claims the Corn Refiners Association (CRA).”

EPA Gives More Time to Comment on AtrazineAgWebBy Alison Rice (जुलाई 6)

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/epa-gives-more-time-to-comment-on-atrazine-naa-alison-rice/

Report: Vermont Supermarkets Lose 3,000 Products Over GMO LawAgWebBy Ben Potter (जुलाई 6)

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/report-vermont-supermarkets-lose-3000-products-over-gmo-law-naa-ben-potter/

TRADE:

Obama backtracks on trade warning after BrexitvoteNew York Post / AP (जुलाई 2)

President Barack Obama is backtracking on his warning that Britain would go to the back of the queue for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the U.K.s decision to leave the European Union.

Link:http://nypost.com/2016/07/02/obama-backtracks-on-trade-warning-after-brexit-vote/

Potential Clinton VP Perez still supports trade deal – राजनीतिक चालबाज़ी करनेवाला मनुष्य – By Kevin Robillard (जुलाई 3)

Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/tom-perez-trade-pacific-225067#ixzz4DT5D1yXM

CETA and TTIP threaten the EUs precautionary principleEurActiv -By Ccile Barbire;Translated By Samuel White(जुलाई 1)

Link:http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/ceta-and-ttip-threaten-the-eus-precautionary-principle/

Is Free Trade Dead?Investor’s Business DailyCommentary by Terry Jones (जुलाई 2)

“[C]riticizing trade deals because they make trade freer is a little like criticizing the Indy 500 because the cars go fast.

Link:http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/is-free-trade-dead-clinton-trump-fight/

Protectionism won’t make America greatColumbia Tribune (Missouri) – By Rich Lowry, Creators Syndicate (जुलाई 5)

Link:http://www.columbiatribune.com/opinion/columnists/protectionism-won-t-make-america-great/article_4b84af16-4663-5544-a65d-2307c52bfe6c.html

 

***Conflicting messages coming from Europe

TTIP impossible in 2016, French minister saysEurActiv / AFP (जुलाई 5)

Link:https://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/news/ttip-impossible-in-2016-french-minister-says/

TTIP free trade deal between U.S. and EU at dead end: Italy ministerReuters (जुलाई 5)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-usa-ttip-italy-idUSKCN0ZL1JV

EU trade officials reiterate Brexit won’t derail TTIP talksKTIC / DTN/Progressive Farmer (जुलाई 5)

Link:http://kticradio.com/agricultural/eu-trade-officials-reiterate-brexit-wont-derail-ttip-talks/

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यू.एस. trade chief says China offer falls short, UK could join TPPReuters (जुलाई 6)

Link:https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/u-trade-chief-says-china-222612880.html

A Chance for a Catfish VoteThe Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook (editorial) (जुलाई 6)

Failing to repeal would set up a WTO showdown that the U.S. could lose.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-chance-for-a-catfish-vote-1467834756

Chinas pork imports will hit record highs- Food Navigator Asia -By Oscar Rousseau(जुलाई 6)

Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.

Why Britain Belongs in a New NaftaThe Wall Street JournalOpinion by Robert B. Zoellick (जुलाई 7)

After Brexit, अमेरिका. must help prevent Europe from slipping into nativism and protectionism.

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-britain-belongs-in-a-new-nafta-1467932567

AG TECH, FOOD SECURITY, OTHER:

Rwanda: Govt to Unveil Position On GMOs Use After Enacting Biosafety LawallAfrica / Rwanda FocusBy Michel Nkurunziza (जून 30)

Link:http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010048.html

Nobelists To Greenpeace: Drop Your Anti-Science Anti-GMO CampaignForbes.comBy Steven Salzberg (जुलाई 4)

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2016/07/04/nobelists-to-greenpeace-drop-your-anti-science-anti-gmo-campaign/#131df93f3ad7

Nigeria: Exploring Biotech Cotton OpportunitiesallAfrica / Daily Trust (Nigeria) – Opinion by Rose Gidado (जुलाई 3)

A major public policy issue in West Africa is not whether, but how to introduce Bt.-cotton in the region

Link:http://allafrica.com/stories/201607030311.html

Inside Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Plan For GMO GrassForbesBy Dan Alexander (जुलाई 26 issue)

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2016/07/06/inside-scotts-miracle-gros-plan-for-gmo-grass/#22e70f8856cd

Fighting Zika in the US: The Battle Over GMO MosquitoesABC NewsBy Gillian Mohney and Justine Quart (जुलाई 6)

How one island in the Florida Keys could change the way we fight mosquito-borne diseases.

Link:http://abcnews.go.com/Health/deepdive/fighting-zika-40277607

1 में 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches DeclineNPR, The SaltBy Clare Leschin-Hoar (जून 30)

Link:http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/30/484015370/1-in-10-people-may-face-malnutrition-as-fish-catches-decline

Why the African food basket should be full of beans and otherpulsesThe ConversationByNokuthula Vilakati(जुलाई 5)

Link:https://theconversation.com/why-the-african-food-basket-should-be-full-of-beans-and-other-pulses-60207

What Would a World Without GMOs Look Like?National Geographic, The PlateBy April Fulton (जून 29)

Without genetically-modified foods, we might have to give up oranges and resign ourselves to living with avian flu and more malnutrition.

Link:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/06/what-would-a-world-without-gmos-look-like-/#.V3wUYVwYO-g.twitter

Companies woo consumers with GMO crops with health benefits- Des Moines RegisterBy Christopher Doering (जुलाई 8)

DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and other companies working on genetically modified technologies arefocusing moreattention on creating foods that improve public health and provide convenience for shoppers.

Link:http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/07/07/companies-woo-consumers-gmo-crops-health-benefits/86476200/