News items related to ag tech, biotech, trade and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be ingreenat bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.

*Notewith the shortened holiday week in the US with Thanksgiving on Nov 23, this week and next week’s ‘Must Readpage will be combined.

 


TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Nafta Talks Get Bogged DownBloombergBy Eric Martin, Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda (Nov 20)

The three countries have extended the deadline for the talks to March…” – Link

NAFTA negotiations will head to MontrealGlobal News / The Canadian Press (Nov 20)

TheNAFTAnegotiations are moving to non-capital cities for their first meeting outside of Washington, Mexico City and Ottawa.” – Link

Trudeau Replaces Trump as Biggest Obstacle to Pacific Trade PactBloombergBy Josh Wingrove and Isabel Reynolds (Nov 21)

“…may look to move ahead without Canada if necessary…” – Link

Russia bans Brazilian meatGlobalMeatNews.comBy Eugene Vorotnikov (Nov 23)

A ban on all beef and pork imports from Brazil, the largest meat importer to Russia, has been imposed by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), over concerns about the detection of a forbidden hormone.” – Link (Noteexample of non-tariff trade barrier often used by Russia)

NAFTA talks in Washington could reach deal on some chapters: Mexico ministerReutersBy Dave Graham (Nov 27) – Link

The experience of other countries does bear out some of the Canadian qualms” – Link

 


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

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkillerReutersBy Kate Kelland (Nov 18)

The research is part of a large and important project known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers, farmers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina.” – Link

See also:California Lists Glyphosate as Cancer Agent, Ag Coalition Fights Back

World-first Panama disease-resistant Cavendish bananas developedFeedstuffsBy Tim Lundeen (Nov 16)

Outcome called major step toward protecting $12 billion Cavendish banana global export business.” – Link

Chinese-French team breed GM tomatoes with age-defying qualitiesFood Navigator -By Will Chu (Nov 16)

Chinese and French researchers reveal details of how they genetically-engineered tomatoes to boost vitamin E, provitamin A and lycopene content, nutrients claimed to have anti-ageing properties.” – Link

Look beyond the Akubra: Farming isn’t quaint, it’s a hot bed of innovationABC News (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – By Verity Morgan-Schmidt (Nov 21)

“…83 per cent of Australians would describe their connection with farming asdistant” या “non-existent”. Little wonder, then, that innovation within the agricultural sector often goes unnoticed.” – Link

Neutralising a significant threat: Aussie academics grow world-first Panama disease-resistant bananasFood Navigator AsiaBy Gary Scattergood (Nov 20)

Queensland University of Technology researchers have developed and grown modified Cavendish bananas resistant to the Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), also known as Panama disease.” – Link

The paradox of banning glyphosate and battling climate changeNew EuropeBy Pedro Vigneau (Nov 24)

Those of us involved in farming know, better than most, the impact that climate change will have on our society.” – Link(Notethe author is a Global Farmer Network member)

Exploring world without food animalsFeedstuffs (Nov 22)

Complete shift away from food animal production would present major challenges to meeting America’s nutritional needs.” – Link

Agriculture has a convincing story to tell about biotechnologySoutheast Farm PressBy John Hart (Nov 26)

Science and extensive research make it perfectly clear: GMOs are safe.” – Link

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Like it or not, Africas future lies in GM cropsThe Times (UK) – By Matt Ridley (Nov 20)

Short-sighted opposition to biotechnology leaves farmers across the continent at the mercy of pests, disease and worse” – Link(subscription-based)

*Notecolumn cites GFN member and Kleckner Award recipient Gilbert Bor from Kenya

GM sugar beet given all-clear for EU renewalFood Navigator -By Niamh Michail (Nov 17)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have cleared a genetically modified sugar beet developed by Monsanto and KWS for reauthorisation in the EU.” – Link

The Anti-GMO Movement Has A Social Justice ProblemForbes.comKavin Senapathy (Nov 20)

Anti-GMO marketers know these anxieties well, and theyre skilled at defining, bringing clarity to, and wielding these anxieties in exploitative ways.” – Link

Ugandans to have GMO matooke in 2021 – The Observer (Uganda) – By Alon Mwesigwa (Nov 20)

“…they will test the banana varieties with the farmers and the farming communities to make sure they can resist the bacterial wilt in different agro-ecological zones.” – Link

Anti-GMO website promotes new conspiracy theory linking GMOs with supposed campaign to ‘eliminate Africans’ – Cornell Alliance for ScienceBy Mark Lynas (Nov 21) – Link

Agriculture experts, policymakers urge further actions on bio-technologies in AfricaGlobal Times / Xinhua (चीन) (Nov 23)

The experts and officials made the call at a three-day regional meeting organized by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)…” – Link (NoteGFN members participated at event)

Ethiopia: Call for Embracing Biotechnology to Meet Growing Nutritional DemandallAfrica / The Ethiopian HeraldBy Desta Gebrehiwot (Nov 23) – Link

EU settles dispute over major weedkiller glyphosateBBC News (Nov 27)

The Commission says the new five-year licence will be ready before the current one expires on 15 December.” – Link