एजी तकनीक से संबंधित समाचार आइटम, जैव प्रौद्योगिकी, 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 newest items will be inहरा वर्गों के तल पर). Be sure to come back and check the page during the week.


This week’s title took inspiration from the news items further down the page (in the section “नीति, Regulatory, Activism, Other, etc.”) regardingfake news”, activist NGOs, and also a recent bomb attack against an agricultural research facility in Italy.

हाल के वर्षों में, a number of different factors have been involved in bringing interest in food and agriculture to a broader audience, but much of what has driven the discussion as been sown by activists with an agenda. They’ve proven adept at using social media, and traditional media messaging. In order to understand much of what is going on, it’s important to have an understanding of the broader agenda, how they go about operating, and the ramifications that come from itincluding a number of things from creating public and consumer mistrust, to it being used as barriers to international tradeby the EU, or China for example. Sadly, it’s even lead to violence with destruction of field trial research in a number of placesor even escalated events such as explosive devices damaging a research facility in Italy per the story included below. Take a few minutes to link to and read the pieces below, that should help you get a little better overview for some of what and why things are happening.


व्यापार, व्यापार संबंधित, आधारिक संरचना:

Finance leaders downplay differences with Donald Trump over trade - Indian Express / AP (अप्रैल 22)

Global finance leaders are downplaying differences over free trade with President Donald Trump, saying there is wide agreement that globalization delivers stronger economic growth. But officialswarn repeatedly that too many people have been left behind at a time when low-wage competition and automation have reduced factory jobs in the worlds wealthy economies.” – संपर्क

Donald Trump believes in reciprocal free trade: Steven Mnuchin – नवभारत टाइम्स (भारत) / AFP (अप्रैल 24) – संपर्क
US reopens door to reviving EU trade talksFinancial Times (यूके) – By Shawn Donnan and Arthur Beesley (अप्रैल 23)
Wilbur Ross says EU, Japan and China in competition to show willingness for deal” – संपर्क
चीन, under pressure at WTO, suggests revamp of dumping rules – रायटर – By Tom Miles (अप्रैल 24)

The proposal, which trade diplomats had anticipated for months, may seek to divert attention from Chinese fishing subsidies, which are under fire in negotiations at the same WTO committee.” – संपर्क

The big job stealer hasnt been tradeDelta Farm PressBy Hembree Brandon (अप्रैल 25)
का 5.6 million U.S. manufacturing jobs lost between 2000 तथा 2010, 85 percent were due to technology. Only about 13 percent were lost due to international trade.” – संपर्क
Lawrence Solomon: Trump just might make us put on our big-boy pants and make Canada greatagain – नेशनल पोस्ट (कनाडा) – By Lawrence Solomon (अप्रैल 22)

Lets not pretend were in a global free market when it comes to agriculture, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally told a persistent John Micklethwait, Bloombergs editor-in-chief, in an interview Thursday. Trudeau had been bafflegabbing Micklethwaits inquiry into Canadas position on NAFTA and free trade, in an attempt to avoid admitting Canadian hypocrisy in preaching free trade while practicing protectionism.” – संपर्क

Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada tradeThe Washington PostBy Paul Wiseman, Associated Press (अप्रैल 25)
The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canadas barriers to U.S. dairy products disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing.” – संपर्क
White House readies order on withdrawing from NAFTA – राजनीतिक चालबाज़ी करनेवाला मनुष्य – By Tara Palmeri (अप्रैल 26)
The approach appears designed to extract better terms with Canada and Mexico.” – संपर्क
Trump Rules Out Swift Nafta Exit in Favor of Renegotiation – ब्लूमबर्ग – By Jennifer Jacobs and Andrew Mayeda (अप्रैल 27)

Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate Nafta at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the Nafta deal to the benefit of all three countries, the White House said in a statement late Wednesday.” – संपर्क

एजी, एजी टेक, उत्पादन, सुरक्षा, संबंधित मुद्दों:

Electronic monitoring helps breeder work out which bulls are efficient feedersABC News (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Michael Cavanagh (अप्रैल 24)

It is a trait that can be passed on from generation to generation. Find a good feed-converting bull and his progeny will be as well.” – संपर्क

Agricultures biotechnology has a bright future – खेत & Ranch GuideBy Dale Hildebrant (अप्रैल 22)

“…approximately 4,000 entities, both private and public, from around the world are working on a wide range of subjects ranging from the planting phase to the harvest phase of the industry.” – संपर्क

Malawi progresses in GM crop trials – विज्ञान के लिए कॉर्नेल एलायंस – By Katherine Chaweza (अप्रैल 21)

“…Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa poised to move forward in commercializing genetically modified crops, with cotton, cowpea and banana now in field trials.” – संपर्क

Genetics to boost sugarcane productionSciDevNet (अप्रैल 20)

Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass.” – संपर्क

Farmers return to BT cotton after experiment with desi variety failsThe Tribune (भारत) – By Deepender Deswal (अप्रैल 23)

The farmers say due to high demand, BT cotton varieties were being sold at premium rate by the private seed sellers in the open market. दूसरी ओर, they said, there were no takers for the desi varieties.” – संपर्क


नीति, नियामक, सक्रियता, अन्य:

Deceptive Publishing is the Fake News of the Science WorldThe Huffington PostBy Dr. Robert T. Fraley (अप्रैल 17)

Fake news is not new to science. साल के लिए, scientists have watched trusted media outlets along with junk websites posing as trusted media or experts distribute misleading or false information disguised as science that creates unwarranted public fear of beneficial scientific advances such as vaccines and GMOs.” – संपर्क

How US NGOs are exploiting Europes precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs – आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – By David Zaruck (अप्रैल 24)

There is only one logical reason why anyone would want to banglyphosate. It is used in combination with herbicide-resistant GMO seed varieties. So if NGOs want to ban GMOs, the first step is to ban glyphosate.But most European farmers dont grow GMOs. Glyphosate is an American activist campaign run from Brussels.” – संपर्क

*NoteFirst appeared at Risk-Monger blog as Carpetbagers: American NGO Activists in Brussels

Bomb attack damages Monsanto research center in ItalyScience MagazineBy Marta Paterlini (अप्रैल 21)

The attacker launched four incendiary devices in totaland fled after spray painting a wall with Bayer criminal marriage. No GMO.” – संपर्क

Most Chinese fake news stories involve food safety- Food Navigator AsiaBy RJ Whitehead (अप्रैल 24)

Most fake news stories in China concern food safety, according to a online verification team…”संपर्क

Clash of science and politicsdangerous”-EU food safety chief – रायटर – By Kate Kelland (अप्रैल 21)

Opposition in the European Union has been driven by the European Parliament’s Greens-European Free Alliance and by others, including Greenpeace and a group of scientists led by Christopher Portier from the U.S.-based non-governmental organisation, the Environmental Defense FundAttempts to discredit his agency over its assessment wereunacceptable and short-sighted”, he told Reuters in a rare interview, accusing his critics of undermining science to pursue apolitical agenda”.” – संपर्क

Syngenta Defends GMO Corn as Merger Shifts Blame to China – ब्लूमबर्ग – By Jef Feeley and Margaret Cronin Fisk (अप्रैल 24)

Syngenta merger means Chinese may own seeds they rejected” – संपर्क

Need for new innovation in AgribusinessNew Delhi TimesBy Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Editor in Chief (अप्रैल 24) – संपर्क
SPECIAL REPORT: Consumers and clean food: Where is the clean label trend going next?- खाद्य नेविगेटर अमरीका – By Elaine Watson (अप्रैल 26)

To thecasual observer, cleaning up our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you cant pronounce really the key to fixing the broken food system (as Panera implies in a recent ad) or improving the health of people and the planet?” – संपर्क

Op-Ed -No, कैलिफोर्निया, Roundup won’t give you cancerLos Angeles TimesBy Julie Kelly and Henry I. Miller (अप्रैल 27)

Ultimately, glyphosate will be exonerated. It is not carcinogenic, and it is lower in overall toxicity than many other weed killers. (According to New York States Integrated Pest Management program, it has about the same Environmental Impact Quotient as vinegar.)” – संपर्क