Những lời thất hứa của cây trồng biến đổi gien GMO

English: Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops

Khoảng 20 năm trước, Mỹ và Canada bắt đầu đưa ra các loại cây trồng biến đổi gien trong nông nghiệp.

Châu Âu không sử dụng công nghệ này, tuy nhiên năng suất vẫn gia tăng và việc sử dụng thuốc trừ sâu vẫn giảm ở mức ngang bằng, thậm chí là ở mức lớn hơn so với Mỹ, nơi các cây trồng biến đổi gien được phát triển rộng rãi.

Cây trồng biến đổi gien (GMOs) được cho là sẽ gia tăng năng suất cây trồng

Canada và các nước Tây Âu trồng các loại cải (canola) khác nhau, nhưng nông dân Canada sử dụng hạt giống biến đổi gien trong khi nông dân châu Âu thì không. Dù vậy, xu hướng năng suất lâu dài của cả hai khu vực đều tăng.


(biểu đồ) Tiếp tục đọc “Những lời thất hứa của cây trồng biến đổi gien GMO”

Obama’s legacy in South-east Asia

Nov 8 marks the close of a tumultuous presidential election campaign in the United States. As the end of incumbent President Barack Obama’s administration nears, six scholars working with the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute evaluate the Obama legacy in South-east Asia, and examine challenges for the incoming administration. In the first of this two-part series written for The Straits Times, we feature perspectives on Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Tomorrow, we will publish viewpoints on Thailand and Vietnam, as well as an assessment of US engagement with Asean.

The friendliest US president to Asean

Tang Siew Mun, Senior fellow and head of the Asean Studies Centre

President Barack Obama is held in high regard in the region, especially in Indonesia, where he lived from 1967-71. Undoubtedly the most South-east Asia-friendly president, he has visited all but one state during his term of office. He would have completed the full “Asean circuit” if not for the cancelled visit to Brunei in 2013 to attend to the pressing business of averting the looming shutdown of the US government. Tiếp tục đọc “Obama’s legacy in South-east Asia”

US-Asean relations: From rebalance to reset?

President Obama putting his hands together before bowing at the end of his address on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos, in September. While his presidency has seen significant engagement with the 10-nation bloc, much could change, thanks to the uncertainty of his succession. PHOTO: REUTERS

In the second of a two-part series, scholars from the Iseas -Yusof Ishak Institute evaluate the legacy of outgoing US President Barack Obama in South-east Asia, and look to the challenges for the incoming administration after the Nov 8 presidential election.

On Friday, we featured perspectives on Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Today, we offer viewpoints on Thailand, Vietnam, and US engagement with Asean. Tiếp tục đọc “US-Asean relations: From rebalance to reset?”

It’s not just Trump casting political cloud over Asean

duterte-xi-jinpingIn Photo: President Duterte (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony in Beijing on October 20.

Donald Trump’s protectionist policies aside, rising political risk in Southeast Asia is casting a shadow over economies that have been a driver of global growth in recent years.

Foreign investors pulled out of Thailand stocks at the fastest pace this year in October. The Philippine peso has sunk close to levels last traded during the global financial crisis. Malaysia’s currency is also in a funk. Tiếp tục đọc “It’s not just Trump casting political cloud over Asean”