Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

Board of Directors

Harriet Barlow

Board Chair

Executive Director, Blue Mountain Center, United States

Becky Glass

Board Secretary-Treasurer

Deputy Director, Labor Network for Sustainability/Voices for a Sustainable Future, United States

Ma. Estrella Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Philippines

Steven Shrybman

Law Partner, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, Canada

Sivan Kartha, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, Tufts University, United States

Dr. Arie van den Brand

President Groupe de Bruges, the Netherlands

Pamela Saunders

Quality and Industry Relations Organic Prairie / CROPP Cooperative

Hannes Lorenzen

Senior adviser to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Firoze Manji

Former Editor in Chief, Pambazuka News & Pambazuka Press

Dr. Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte

Professor Agricultural Policy Analysis Center Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics The University of Tennessee