एजी तकनीक से संबंधित समाचार आइटम, जैव प्रौद्योगिकी, व्यापार ? और शायद कृषि से जुड़ी कुछ अन्य दिलचस्प चीजें ? will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be in?हरा वर्गों के तल पर). ?Be sure to check in regularly.


Regarding the first story below, on the IMF ‘warningsof US protectionism and the retort by US Commerce Sec. Ross that the US is less so that Europe, China or Japan… ?Put it under things that make you gohmmand categorize it under the old saying ofthe pot calling the kettle black”.

What’s the proper response, other than to react by goingduhand wonder why doesn’t everyone just look in the mirror at themselves. ?The various list of barriers and impediments from all involved is rather lengthy to say the least. ?Guess that’s why negotiations take so long

व्यापार, व्यापार संबंधित, आधारिक संरचना:

IMF warnings of US protectionism ?rubbish?, says RossFinancial Times (यूके) – By Shawn Donnan and Demetri Sevastopulo (अप्रैल 16)

They [Europe, Japan and China] talk free trade. But in fact what they practise is protectionism. And every time we do anything to defend ourselves, even against the puny obligations that they have, they call that protectionism. यह?s rubbish? – संपर्क?- OR see at Irish Times?

Japan looks to revive moribund TPP, sans USNikkei Asian Review (अप्रैल 15)

“11-member pact would give Tokyo lead on Asian tradeJapan is mobilizing the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to resurrect the agreement without the United States, seeking a path forward for free trade in Asia with Tokyo as the senior partner.” – संपर्क

Japan rejects U.S. request for bilateral trade negotiationsThe Asahi Shimbun (अप्रैल 13)

There is a possibility that Japan will eventually agree to hold bilateral trade talks under strong U.S. pressure, the sources said.” – संपर्क

China remains Africa’s top trading partnerXinhua (चीन) – अप्रैल 16

Bilateral trade between China and Africa reached 149.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016” – संपर्क

Trump’s Chinese Trade Tension Claims Grain as Latest Victim – ब्लूमबर्ग (अप्रैल 13)

Still, falling prices for DDGs have proved alluring to buyers other than China.” – संपर्क

China’s economic picture brightens as trade beats forecasts, Trump softens tone – रायटर (अप्रैल 13)

Washington’s improving ties with Beijing were underscored when Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Wednesday that he would not declare China a currency manipulator as he had pledged to do on his first day in office.” – संपर्क

Canadian milk pricing scheme causes major disruptions in U.S. दुग्धालय – feedstuffs – By Jacqui Fatka (अप्रैल 14)
Dairy groups continue to make case for Trump to intervene in Canadian dairy trade disruptions.” – संपर्क
तुस्र्प?s Trade Plans Spell Uncertainty for Mexican Port – वॉल स्ट्रीट जर्नल – By Robbie Whelan (अप्रैल 16)

Shippers weigh impact of trade barriers on new high-tech terminal at L?zaro C?rdenas” – संपर्क

Japan Wants to Keep Trade Hardliner Wilbur Ross Away From Some Economy Talks – ब्लूमबर्ग – (अप्रैल 17)

During his confirmation hearing in January, Ross was outspoken about barriers to U.S. exports of autos and agricultural products. While he didn?t single Japan out for criticism, he said some countries used non-tariff barriers like environmental standards and inspections to stymie U.S. imports…” – संपर्क

Cornell professor of agricultural economics: US took advantage of ‘loophole? in dairy trade with Canada?- Dairy ReporterBy Mary Ellen Shoup?(अप्रैल 19)

Multiple US dairy groups have blasted Canada recently saying that the country is blatantly violating terms of the NAFTA trade agreement and that US dairy processors are suffering due to lost Canadian purchases of ultrafiltered (UF) milk.” – संपर्क

Mexican official ready to start NAFTA talksSouthwest Farm Press / ब्लूमबर्ग – By Eric Martin (अप्रैल 19)
“यू.एस. waiting for Lighthizer to be confirmed before starting formal talks.” – संपर्क
Pence: अमेरिका, Indonesia to Trim Trade BarriersVOA, रायटर (अप्रैल 21)

Indonesia and the United States agreed Friday to find ways to reduce barriers to U.S. companies operating in Southeast Asia?s largest economy…” – संपर्क

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

To Save Florida’s Famous Oranges, Scientists Race to Weaponize a VirusWIREDBy Megan Molteni (अप्रैल 12)

Florida?s citrus growers are running out of time. जबसे 2005, when a deadly disease called citrus greening first showed up in the state, वे?ve been fighting a losing battle to slow the spread of the sugar-sucking bacterium behind the scourge. आज, it has infected 90 percent of Florida?s citrus groves. Fifth-generation farmers are abandoning their acres, packing factories are shuttering their operations, and the state is hemorrhaging a billion dollars every year.” – संपर्क

Sorghum Breeding Research Cuts Time in Half – AGWEB – By Sonja Begemann (अप्रैल 13)

For the past several years sorghum research has lagged behind that of corn and soybeans, but that could soon change with technology advances.” – संपर्क

Ag tests new precision tech – ज़मीन (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Mike Foley (अप्रैल 12)

The technology, which is new to Australia, could improve?a range of applications for agriculture, such as monitoring, precision machinery and yield mapping.” – संपर्क

Let Farmers DecideFinancial Chronicle (भारत) – By V Ravichandran (अप्रैल 17)

I assure you, farmers are always looking for new ways to enhance their productivity and improve their income and standard of living. I strongly feel we need to be given the opportunity of accessing modern technologies, and allow demand and supply to determine prices including rational policies to promote export markets…” – संपर्क

*ध्यान दें – the author was the 2013 Kleckner पुरस्कार recipient and recently joined the GFN board of directors.

?Treatment-free? Beekeepers Give Varroa Mite Free?ReinThoughtscapism blog (अप्रैल 10)

“…honey bee colony survival depends on beekeeper education and disease control. It shows?that it is first and foremost hobby beekeepers, who have trouble with epidemics…” – संपर्क

Project builds capacity of fish farmers to raise yieldsSciDevNetBy Sarah Ooko (अप्रैल 11)

An initiative is enabling fish farmers in Kenya boost their production through training in good management practices.” – संपर्क

With DroneDeploy?s Fieldscanner, pilots can create maps as they flyTechcrunchBy Lora Kolodny (अप्रैल 18)

“…makes it possible to draw a low-resolution satellite map in real time with a drone, in the field, even where there?s no internet connectivity.” – संपर्क

Ethiopia: Smart Technologies to Ensure Sustainable Farming – allAfrica / The Ethiopian HeraldBy Homa Mulisa (अप्रैल 17)

We would like to employ a strategy of ‘one village at a time’. For a reason that agriculture requires the collective action of all actors which actually are equally important, the deployment of an integrated approach is very important.” – संपर्क

From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agricultureDigital TrendsBy Dyllan Furness (अप्रैल 17) – संपर्क
Nutrient-Poor Farms Get a Vitamin Boost From Zinc Mines – ब्लूमबर्ग – By Danielle Bochove (अप्रैल 18) – संपर्क
Converting native land to organic farms has ?unintended consequences? on biodiversity, economies?- खाद्य नेविगेटर अमरीका – एलिजाबेथ क्रॉफर्ड तक (अप्रैल 19)

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms ? a practice that the National Organic Standards Board wants to discourage.” – संपर्क

यू.एस. किसान, Who Once Fed the World, Are Overtaken by New Powers – वॉल स्ट्रीट जर्नल – By Jess Newman and Jacob Bunge (अप्रैल 20)

Bumper soybean and wheat harvests in Brazil and Russia push down global prices, imperiling America?s growers; ?hard for our psyche?” – संपर्क

नीति, नियामक, सक्रियता, अन्य:

Clearance for genetically modified mustard to be delayedLivemint (भारत) – By Mayank Aggarawal (अप्रैल 13)

If genetically modified mustard wins approval from the nodal regulator, it will become the first transgenic food crop to be commercially cultivated in India” – संपर्क

Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in OregonCapital PressBy Mateusz Perkowski (अप्रैल 13)
A battle over Oregon?s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House and Senate.” – संपर्क
Dannon attacks ?daisy-chained? logic in all-natural lawsuit over GM feed and dairy products?- खाद्य नेविगेटर अमरीका – By Elaine Watson?(अप्रैल 14)

Should brands making dairy products from cows that may have consumed GM feed be allowed to market their wares as ?all natural?? Absolutely, insisted Dannon in court papers filed this week urging the judge to dismiss the ?daisy-chained? logic of a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.” – संपर्क

Bio-politics of GM Crops: A Counter Point to ?The Big Business of Genetically Modified Food? – Kashmir ReaderBy Dr. Amjad M. Husaini (अप्रैल 13)

It is not the difference of ?scientific? opinion that has hindered large scale acceptance of biotech crops, but the prejudiced campaign by vested interests and NGO?s.” – संपर्क

Glyphosate Vs. Caffeine: Acute and Chronic Toxicity Assessments ExplainedFood and Farm Discussion LabBy Alison Bernstein, पीएचडी (अप्रैल 13)

Fear of chemicals in our food has taken on an outsized role in the food discussion. Too much of the debate have become ? let?s say ? a bit light on the facts and long on emotion. While these are important conversations to have, confusion and misinformation about these issues abound as sound bites are traded as evidence for each ?side? and everyone talks past each other.Whether it?s fear of additives in processed food or pesticides used in growing crops, too many people are needlessly wondering if we are slowly poisoning ourselves. This has come to overshadow many useful innovations.” – संपर्क

Young Africans chart new path for agriculture as climate heats up – रायटर – By Pius Sawa (अप्रैल 18) – संपर्क
Resettled Zimbabwe farmers left high and dryIRINBy Tawanda Majoni (अप्रैल 21)

Ten years ago, former bricklayer Samuel Musengi was allocated a nine-hectare plot to cultivate in Zimbabwe as part of an accelerated phase of land reform that saw tens of thousands of black families resettled on what were once vast, mostly white-owned commercial farms. यह?s not going so well for him; nor for many others.” – संपर्क

Biotech Blog?Shopping for Honesty: Sorting Out Non-GMO ClaimsCSPI, Center for Science in the Public InterestBy Greg Jaffe (अप्रैल 17)

Some companies market their food product as ?non-GMO? to create a nonexistent distinction that gives them a competitive advantage (sometimes at a premium price).? उदाहरण के लिए, Tropicana Orange Juice includes the ?Non-GMO Project? seal on its package, yet its sole ingredient is oranges, and there are no commercially grown, genetically engineered oranges.? Every brand of orange juice is naturally ?non-GMO,? provided the only ingredient is oranges. ?The same can be said for Emerald Natural Almonds or Woodstock Peanut Butter, which both have ?Non-GMO Product? seals even though their only ingredient is almonds or peanuts, and there are no GM varieties of those nuts.” – संपर्क