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!

*Notelast week’s GFN column by board member Terry Wanzek appeard in the Sunday edition (Aug 28) of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, How using technology makes our family farm better.

TRADE, TRADE RELATED ISSUES:

China re-imposes anti-dumping duties on US chicken- GlobalMeatNews.com -By Mark Godfrey (Aug 24)

US white-feather chicken meat imported into China will face anti-subsidy duties for five more years, Chinas ministry of commerce has announced. ”

Adam Smith Takes on Critics of Free TradeBarron’sBy Gene Epstein (Aug 27)

Clinton and Trump are wrong on free trade, as Adam Smith so clearly explained 240 years ago.

Link:http://www.barrons.com/articles/adam-smith-takes-on-critics-of-free-trade-1472273077

Obama’s TPP deal won’t get Senate vote this year: McConnellReutersBy David Lawder (Aug 25)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-tpp-mcconnell-idUSKCN1102CM

Germany’s economy minister: U.S.-EU free trade talks have failedReuters (Aug 28)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-usa-ttip-germany-idUSKCN1130FB

Is the U.S. Missing the TPP Train? – Bloomberg BusinessweekBy Bruce Einhorn (Aug 25)

With congressional approval uncertain, Pacific nations consider a China option.

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/is-the-u-s-missing-the-tpp-train

EU insists ‘ball still rollingon US trade deal -AFP(

The European Commission on Monday insisted talks on a huge US free trade deal were on track, rejecting German claims that irreconcilable differences had left the deal dead in the water.

Link:https://www.yahoo.com/news/eu-insists-ball-still-rolling-us-trade-deal-153940558.html

White House says it sees a path to approval of Pacific trade dealReuters (Aug 29)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-idUSKCN11423V

Canadian support for China free-trade deal growing: pollThe Globe And Mail (कनाडा) – By Sunny Dhillon (Aug 29)

Link:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-support-for-china-free-trade-deal-growing-poll/article31589464/

TTIP in further doubt as Hollande questions timingBBC News (Aug 30)

Link:http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37220701

Why Can’t We See That We’re Living In a Golden Age? – RealClearMarkets -By Johan Norberg(Aug 23)

Link:http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/08/23/why_cant_we_see_that_were_living_in_a_golden_age_102318.html

Pro-trade Democrats call Labors bluff – राजनीतिक चालबाज़ी करनेवाला मनुष्य – By Edward-Isaac Dovere (Aug 31)

Dem lawmakers who gave Obama fast-track sail through labor-challenged primaries.

Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/pro-trade-democrats-call-labors-bluff-227566#ixzz4J7egZ0eu

US Says It Wants to Complete European Trade Deal by Year’s EndVoice of America (Aug 30)

Link:http://www.voanews.com/a/united-states-wants-european-trade-deal-this-year/3487052.html

BIOTECH, AG TECH, CROP PROTECTION, and RELATED:

A plant breeder takes the ‘mysteryout of GMO crops -Southeast Farm Press -ByWayne Parrott, University of Georgia (Aug 25)

In the era of genome sequencing, we find that nature is the most prolific gene splicer of all. Although the DNA changes made by gene splicing resemble those made by nature, GMOs are set aside for safety testing.

Link:http://southeastfarmpress.com/soybeans/plant-breeder-takes-mystery-out-gmo-crops

China seeks to assuage consumer fears over GMO foodsReutersBy Dominique Patton (Aug 25)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-gmo-idUSKCN1110GV

Americans love genetically modified mosquitoes much more than other GMOsGrist -(

REGULATORY, POLICY, ACTIVISTS, etc:

यू.एस. Approval of Syngenta Deal Brings GMO Food a Step Closer to ChinaTIMEBy Charlie Campbell (Aug 23)

Link:http://time.com/4462394/syngenta-chemchina-gmo-foods/

बायर, Monsanto said to be moving closer to a merger dealSt Louis Post-Dispatch (Aug 23)

Link:http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/bayer-monsanto-said-to-be-moving-closer-to-a-merger/article_94c84b0a-98e5-5162-936f-55b120d547e2.html

Monsanto Shelves Plans for New GMO Cotton Seeds in IndiaWall Street JournalBy Biman Mukherji (Aug 25)

Decision casts a cloud over the future of genetically modified organisms in India

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/monsanto-shelves-plans-for-new-gmo-cotton-seeds-in-india-1472121478

Fsanz calls for opinions on GM potato that produces less acrylamide- Food Navigator Asia -By RJ Whitehead (Aug 25)

The antipodean food regulator has begun public consultation as it reviews whether to allow a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce bruising.

Size Doesnt Matter: How little NGOs pretend to represent the peopleRiskMonger (Aug 21)

NGOs have been successful over the last decade of presenting small groups as parts of big networks, pretending to speak on behalf of the people when in reality they are only a couple reactionaries in a room with a laptop and a web-designer, accountable to no one and driven by a self-centred emotional zeal.

Link:https://risk-monger.com/2016/08/21/size-doesnt-matter-how-little-ngos-pretend-to-represent-the-people/

Fake Food Group: The Center for Food SafetyHawaiiFarmersDaughter (Aug 20)

Hawaii has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreakSince June, there has been no peep from the Hawaii Center for Food Safety or its parent group, the Center for Food Safety, warning the public of this at all…”

Link:https://hawaiifarmersdaughter.com/2016/08/20/fake-food-group-the-center-for-food-safety/

The GMO Labeling Fight Is Not Industry Versus ConsumersForbes.comBy Steve Ansolabahere and Jacob E. Gersen (Aug 26)

But it is a mistake to think the labeling fight is about the food industry versus consumers. In reality, it is about one segment of the food industry versus another. Companies that have sourced non-GE materials stand to profit from a rigorous labeling regime; those who have not stand to lose.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/08/26/the-gmo-labeling-fight-is-not-industry-versus-consumers/#75d055ad4a02

Crusade Or Charade: What’s Really Motivating Efforts To Mandate GMO-Labeling? – Forbes.comBy Glenn G. Lammi (Aug 25)

Because public-interest groups cloak themselves with the feel-good mantle of protecting consumers, the environment, animals, etc., the motives of such groups rarely get questioned. But several recent developments show that all too often, activists put their own self-interest before the publics interest.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/wlf/2016/08/25/crusade-or-charade-whats-really-motivating-efforts-to-mandate-gmo-labeling/#7832bc832d62

In a fight between environmentalists and farmers, the bees lose. And that stings. – Washington PostBy Tamar Haspel (Aug 26)

Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/in-a-fight-between-environmentalists-and-farmers-the-bees-lose-and-that-stings/2016/08/26/33ca7a7e-6a0c-11e6-8225-fbb8a6fc65bc_story.html#comments

Growing monstrous organisms: the construction of anti-GMO visual rhetoric through digital media -Critical Studies in Media Communication,Volume 33, 2016 – Issue 3 – By Kelly A. Clancy & Benjamin Clancy (Published online: 27 Jun 2016)

Link:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15295036.2016.1193670

Counterview: In GMO debate, Vandana Shiva has chosen fear-mongering and denialismScroll.in (भारत) – ByGirish Shahane(Aug 25)

A rebuttal of the claims the activist made in a recent Scroll article.

Link:http://scroll.in/article/814756/counterview-in-gmo-debate-vandana-shiva-has-chosen-fear-mongering-and-denialism

The Buzz: Six Reasons Not To Worry About The BeesForbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (Aug 24)

The truth about the bees turns out to be far more complex, and far more interesting, than the alarmist headlines suggest.

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/08/24/the-buzz-seven-reasons-not-to-worry-about-the-bees/#2442984370a8

Bt Brinjal Destroying the Anti-GMO NarrativeNeurologica blogBy Steven Novella (Sept 1)

Link:http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/bt-brinjal-destroying-the-anti-gmo-narrative/

The real story of anti-GMO teen sensation Rachel Parent: Idealist or pawn of natural marketers? -Genetic Literacy Project -

ExposTeen anti-GMO activist Rachel Parent supports mandatory GMO labeling but never discloses her family runs a multimillion dollar ‘naturalproducts business that benefits from her advocacy.

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/09/02/real-story-anti-gmo-teen-sensation-rachel-parent-idealist-pawn-natural-marketers/