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Anti-Trade Talks Threaten TPP

With both Candidates for President openly against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal could be facing an increasing uphill battle towards getting congressional approval. At the Democratic National Convention this week, chants broke out of “No TPP” while Bernie Sanders was speaking Monday, the same day his party approved its platform which is formally against the trade agreement. Hilary Clinton previously favored TPP while serving as Secretary of State for President Obama, but she changed her stance since beginning her campaign that will accept the nominee as the Democrat’s candidate for President later this week. Republican Candidate Donald Trump also opposed the deal in its current state. During his speech, Senator Sanders, the runner-up to Clinton for the Democratic nod, told the audience “We’ve got to make sure that TPP does not get to the floor of Congress during the lame duck session.” Farm groups favoring the deal are pressing Congress to consider the measure after the November elections. However, Politico says all of the anti-trade campaigning makes it exceedingly difficult to get TPP through an already wary Congress, making passage not impossible but very unlikely.

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EPA Sets Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a scientific advisory panel meeting this fall to review the widely used herbicide glyphosate. However, the Federal Register notice of the meeting Tuesday offered no indication on whether the panel will consider the conclusions of an EPA assessment that found glyphosate poses no significant cancer risk. DTN reports that the EPA has scheduled the meeting of a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act scientific advisory panel for October 18th through October 21st in Washington, D.C. The Federal Register notice mentions the conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in March 2015 that says glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The notice makes no mention of other studies that find the opposite. EPA posted and then removed from its website in May a final report that essentially cleared glyphosate. The agency said the report was posted inadvertently.

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Consumers More Worried About Foodborne Illnesses over GMO’s

A new survey shows twice as many consumers lists bacterial foodborne illnesses as their top food safety concern compared to those who fear chemicals, carcinogens, antibiotics use in food animals or GMOs. The International Food Information Council Foundation commissioned the online study in March of more than 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18 and 30. Consumers were asked to choose and rank their top three food safety issues and 29 percent of consumers listed foodborne illness at the top of the list, while just eight percent of consumers listed GMOs at the top, according to Meatingplace. However, when asked, “Have you changed your eating habits because of something you’ve heard or read about food additives and ingredients, chemicals in food, or carcinogens in food?” 40 percent of respondents said yes.

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Residents Suing Nebraska Town over Proposed Chicken Plant

A community organization against the proposed chicken processing plant in Fremont, Nebraska has filed a lawsuit against the city regarding zoning for the site. The lawsuit was filed by the Nebraska Communities United group Monday afternoon. The lawsuit claims the city illegally designated land set to house the Costco chicken plant as blighted to qualify for tax-increment financing, or TIF funding. The complaint argues that state law on TIF projects does not allow the “blighted” designation for rural land, noting that more than 400 of the 1,000 acres on the property are cornfields. The opposition group was founded by three Fremont, Nebraska residents. The Omaha World-Herald reports the plaintiffs worked with the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, an Oregon advocacy group that opposes what it calls “factory farming” nationwide.

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Seafood Monitoring Rule Heads to White House for Review

A rule intended to monitor imports of seafood has reached the White House for review, clearing the way for finalization of the rule. Drafted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the rule seeks to put new traceability requirements on imported seafood. Politico says the regulation is a key component of the Obama administration’s 2015 action plan to combat illegal fishing. The measure would establish reporting procedures for certain fish species that an interagency group of experts determined were most likely to be mislabeled or caught illegally, including shrimp, red snapper, tuna and grouper. NOAA officials say the requirements would impact more than 2,500 entities that import those species into the U.S. from countries including China, Thailand and Vietnam. Data on harvest, landing and chain of custody of fish would be entered into a system already maintained by the federal government.

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Russia and Turkey Hoping to Restore Economic Ties

Russia and Turkey are in talks to restore economic ties and are expected to gradually soothe relations, according to Russian officials. Russia has banned Turkish food imports and enforced other sanctions against Turkey since last November when Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports Russia’s embargo on Turkish food imports is unlikely to be lifted before Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Turkey’s Prime Minister next month. Talks stemming from that meeting could set the stage for removing the embargo. The talks to restore economic ties come as Turkey offered thanks to Russia for supporting Turkey’s leadership during a recent attempted coup. Unconfirmed reports surfaced last week that the Russian military had informed Turkish intelligence about preparations for a coup just hours before it began.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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