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 ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to come back and check the page during the week.

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Oh my. It does beg the question how the question was asked in the survey though:

The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cowsWashington Post, WonkblogBy Caitlin Dewey (जून 15)

Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cowsthat works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!)… the most surprising thing about this figure may actually be that it isnt higher.” – Link

 

And, then looking at the need for further public eduction on food and agriculture, the movie Food Evolution narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson makes its debut this week:

MOVIE REVIEW: Food EvolutionHuffington PostBy Kevin Folta (जून 13)

A film about an enabling food technology, the scientists that support it, and the movement sworn to stop it.” – Link

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains GMOs in clip from documentary‘Food Evolution

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TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Wilbur Rosss Cool Explanation of Trumps Heated Trade TalkWall Street JournalBy Gerald F. Seib (जून 19)

Commerce secretary tries to put the administrations combative stance in context” – Link (subscription required)

British trade minister Fox travels to U.S in pursuit of free trade dealReuters (जून 18) – Link

 

China opens door to imports of two GMO cropsMarketWatch/WSJ (जून 14)

The decision announced Wednesday affects genetically engineered corn and soybean varieties developed by Dow Chemical Co. and Monsanto Co. It comes after Beijing agreed to speed reviews of biotechnology applications as part of a trade deal with the Trump administration last month.” – Link

After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with USDaily Maverick (S. अफ्रीका) – By Peter Fabricius (जून 18)

The Trump Administration has signalled its impatience to replace the AGOA preferential trade deal with Africa with normal two-way free trade agreements.” – Link

Trumps Cuba rollback announcement draws chorus of criticismDelta Farm PressBy Forrest Laws (जून 17)
Farm, congressional, conservative groups unite in challenging Trump’s new rollback of last administration’s Cuba overtures.” – Link
China Think Tank Says Trade Detente With U.S. May Not EndureBloomberg (जून 19)

China isnt likely to have a trade war with the U.S. this year, though 2018 is harder to predict, according to former Vice Commerce Minister Wei Jianguo.” – Link

US in trade talks with Asian nations to replace TPP, commerce secretary saysSouth China Morning PostBy Robert Delaney (जून 20)

The new trade discussions target multiple countries in Asia, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at the 2017 SelectUSA investment summit” – Link

LIGHTHIZER WARNING: BUY GMOS OR EXPECT A FIGHTSuccessful FarmingBy Chuck Abbott (जून 16)

The Trump administration will attack overseas regulations that restrict the export of GMO crops and other products resultingfrom American technological innovation…” – Link

After years of talks, Japan, EU near ‘broad agreementon free trade pactReuters (जून 21) – Link

 

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, PROTECTION, RELATED ISSUES:

 

Glyphosate ban ‘could cost UK farmers almost 1bn a year’ – Farming UK (जून 13)

“…negatively impact UK GDP and agriculture, at a time of real uncertainty for British farmers.Link

Japan starts growing genome-edited rice plants outdoors in national firstThe Mainichi (Japan) (जून 3)

The process is part of a national strategy to further develop agriculture and expand exports. The final target is a 50 percent increase in the yield of crops.” – Link

Australian farmer’s weed-destroying invention draws world interestABC News (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Prue Adams (जून 19)

Extensive research through the University of Western Australia has shown the machine kills 95 per cent of the weed seeds collected in the chaff.” – Link

India to ease cattle slaughter ban after backlash over threat to exports, livelihoodsABC News (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By James Bennett (जून 16)

The Government now concedes it did not anticipate the impact of the ban, which has been condemned as religiously-motivated and an unconstitutional attack on freedom of religion.” – Link

Invest in new technology, not bigger farms, to reap ag profitsThe Land (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Andrew Marshall (जून 20)

To be profitable today producers probably still need to get bigger, but real gains come with investing seriously in agricultural technologysays the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Banking Group.” – Link

East Africa: Why Did Tanzanian Farmers Demand Growing GM Crops? – allAfrica / The Monitor (Uganda) – By Michael J. Ssali (जून 18) – Link

 

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Glyphosate BattleCancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidenceReutersBy Kate Kelland (जून 14)

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency says a common weedkiller isprobably carcinogenic.The scientist leading that review knew of fresh data showing no cancer linkbut he never mentioned it and the agency did not take it into account…. The IARC review ignored multiple years of additional data from the largest and most comprehensive study on farmer exposure to pesticides and cancer.” – Link

WHOs IARC under fire for ignoring exculpatory data on glyphosate: Should it be reformed or abolished? -आनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – By

“…scientists who examined the IARC monograph itself found themselves taken aback, even shocked, at the way in which some of the findings had been presented. Indeed, as one leading scientist said, they got this totally wrong and pointed to the clearly biased selection of studies IARC reviewed…” – Link

Spies In The Field: As Farming Goes High-Tech, Espionage Threat GrowsNPR, The SaltBy Bryan Thompson (जून 8)

Intellectual property is often hard to protect, no matter what form it takes: films, books, consumer products. The technology used in our food system, तथापि, presents a unique challenge.” – Link

Dow, DuPont merger wins antitrust approval with conditionsCNBC / Reuters (जून 15) – Link
An Obama food-science policy worth keepingChicago TribuneBy Hank Campbell (जून 11)

That beneficial policy relates to modernizing how genetic alteration of organisms is approved.” – Link

Judge orders Arla Foods to halt Live unprocessed campaign: Ads create false impression that rbST is something foreign and dangerousFood Navigator USABy Elaine Watson (जून 15)

Arla Foods has been ordered to halt its new $30m Live Unprocessed ad campaign which makes a virtue of using milk from cows that have not been fed the growth hormone rBSTin the wake of legal action* filed by rbST maker Eli Lilly (Elanco).” – Link

PETA and HSUS End the Week In CrosshairsDroversBy Sara Brown (जून 16)

Livestock producers often find themselves the target for Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but this week marked two instances where these organizations were the ones in the crosshairs instead.” – Link

Farm, biotech groups tell USDA: Start over on regulatory reformAgri-PulseBy Philip Brasher (जून 21)

A plan that the Obama administration developed to reform USDAs biotechnology regulatory process could wind up stifling innovation instead of making it easierto get low-risk products to market, the plans intended goal, according to farmers, agribusiness groups and the biotech industry.” – Link