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Note to readers: ?Monday, मई 29 is Memorial Day in the US and a weekly news page will be posted sometime Tuesday.

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Global Farmer Network members and many more of you may recognize the man being interviewed in the main photo as गिल्बर्ट Arap बोर from Kenya, the 2011 Kleckner पुरस्कार recipient. ?डॉ. Bor, who is also a professor in addition to a farmer, was fielding questions from the media at the Kenya Agricultural, Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) field trial planting of Bt maize (मक्का). ?More on that can be read in the story below, “Kenya farmers pray for Genetically Modified seeds to fight drought”.

 

व्यापार, व्यापार संबंधित, आधारिक संरचना:

Democrats fear Trump will steal trade issueWashington ExaminerBy Sean Higgins (मई 18)

Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups have called for decades for the North American Free Trade Agreement to be dropped or at least renegotiated, but when the Trump administration formally announced Thursday that it was opening talks with the Mexico and Canada, many reacted with pointed criticism of the White House.

The response highlights an awkward political situation for trade critics: Many want NAFTA scrapped but don’t want Trump to get any credit for doing it.” – संपर्क

Prospect of NAFTA Rewrite Gives US Farmers a Case of Jitters – न्यूयॉर्क टाइम्स / Associated Press (मई 19)

Many farmers worry that Trump’s policies will jeopardize their exports just as they face weaker crop and livestock prices.” – संपर्क

New Trump trade rep Lighthizer spars over protectionism in Asia – रायटर (मई 21)

When asked about the disagreements over the language, Lighthizer said that U.S. steps to create free and fair trade were being confused with protectionism.” – संपर्क

वीडियो: ?Trade Minister Says Canada Ready to Renegotiate Nafta – ब्लूमबर्ग (मई 21)

जापान, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free tradeThe Japan TimesBy Tomohiro Osaki (मई 22)

Japan and the World Trade Organization on Monday issued what is believed to be an unprecedented joint statement reaffirming their commitment to fostering free trade…” – संपर्क

Disagreements surface over China-backed trade deal – व्यापार अंदरूनी सूत्र / रायटर (मई 22)

“…the target to complete the discussion stage [RCEP] by year-end may be hard to meet given disagreements over several issues. India in particular is reluctant to give up on tariffs, they say.” – संपर्क

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China?- Food Navigator Asia By Oscar Rousseau?(मई 23)

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (विश्व व्यापार संगठन) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two years.संपर्क

Trump talks trade with EU, varied differences remain – रायटर – By Alastair Macdonald and Steve Holland(मई 25)

“…Trump also agreed to setting up a joint EU-U.S. “action planon trade, in an indication the new occupant of the White House is not as set on shunning free trade deals and promoting protectionism as some in Europe had feared he might.” – संपर्क

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

Farming the World: चीन?s Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis – ब्लूमबर्ग (मई 22)

“… चीन?s efforts to buy or lease agricultural land in developing nations show that building farms and ranches abroad won?t be enoughIf it is to have enough affordable food for its population in the second half of this century, it will need to make sure the world grows food for 9 अरब लोग. Its answer is technology.” – संपर्क

See also😕China Pushes Public to Accept GMO as Syngenta Takeover Nears

Kenya farmers pray for Genetically Modified seeds to fight droughtCoastweek / XinhuaBy Ronald Njoroge Kitale (मई 19)

“[Margaret] Simiyu together with millions of other small scale farmers are banking on biotech maize seeds to increase their farm productivity.” – संपर्क

Soil Health Institute Announces Action PlanAgWiredBy Cindy Zimmerman (मई 18)

?This is an exciting time to be working in soil health,? said SHI president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt. ?The action plan identifies critical goals and priorities. It helps identify key gaps in our knowledge and implementation?and we?ve identified specific actionable steps to achieve these things.? – संपर्क

Pests and pathogens could cost agriculture billions: रिपोर्ट good – रायटर (मई 18)

The report, released by the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) at Kew in London, said that an increase in international trade and travel had left flora facing rising threats from invasive pests and pathogens, and called for greater biosecurity measures.” – संपर्क

Why Big Data Hasn?t Yet Made a Dent on Farms – वॉल स्ट्रीट जर्नल – By Eliot Brown (मई 15)

Startups designed to use information to boost agricultural productivity are struggling. So now tech companies are changing their approach.” – संपर्क

GM crops, the answer to climate changeThe Hindu BusinessLine (भारत) – By Shivendra Bajaj (मई 24)

It is acknowledged that GM technology may not be able to provide solutions to all problems but this should not be a reason for its exclusion as well. All technologies that are safe should be adopted and let the farmers decide what works for them best.” – संपर्क

South Africa’s 2017 maize crop seen almost doubling to record harvest – रायटर (मई 23) – संपर्क

 

नीति, नियामक, सक्रियता, अन्य:

Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-BasedNew York MagazineBy Jenny Splitter (मई 17)

Why not revolutionize grocery shopping all over again? Only this time, the revolution should be powered by science and agronomy, and not misleading marketing.” – संपर्क

Plant-based milk debate heats up as state regulators weigh in at NCIMS meeting?- Dairy ReporterBy Elaine Watson?(मई 17)

State milk regulators have weighed into the plant-based milk debate in a vote that was hailed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)?as ?the strongest statement yet that the abuse of dairy terms has gone too far,“?but dismissed as unhelpful by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA).” – संपर्क

Activists claim that without long-term studies, GMOs cannot be considered safe: What does science say? -?आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना -?

There have been more than a?thousand studies, most of them by independent researchers, documenting the safety of GMOs.” – संपर्क

Fake news is nothing new: 6 pseudo-news websites have colored GMO debate for years -?आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – द्वारा?

Some of these sites focus directly on GMOs, while others provide a forum for selling products, and still others take a broad stroke on a number of environmental and health issues.” – संपर्क

Agriculture is changing, regulations need to keep pace – पहाड – By Margaret M. Zeigler (मई 23)

“…it is especially important that government regulatory systems help foster productivity and innovation while avoiding unnecessary costs, delays and burdens to the agriculture sector.” – संपर्क

Reasons for buying free-range eggs: Assumptions turned upside-down?- फूड नेविगेटर एशिया – By RJ Whitehead (मई 24)

The decision to choose free-range is more likely to be based on a perception that the eggs are more nutritious than concern for the welfare of the chickens that laid them.” – संपर्क

Risky move? Inside look at why Russia has turned against GMOs -?आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – द्वारा??

“आज?s Russian government doesn?t include an agency as influential and sophisticated as the FDA. According to Volchkov,?As soon as GMO products appeared, the government realized it had to regulate it. It wasn?t clear what they had to do.? – संपर्क