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 iatp.org/tradesecrets.

Trade and Global Governance

Lessening impacts of volatility in agriculture markets, protecting rights to food and water, and exposing corporate control over the food system.

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Director International Strategies

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is the director of IATP's International Strategies Program and works in Washington, D.C.

Sophia Murphy

Senior Advisor

Sophia Murphy is a senior advisor to IATP on Trade and Food Security.

Shefali Sharma

Director Agricultural Commodities and Globalization

Shefali Sharma is director of IATP's Agricultural Commodities and Globalization Initiatives.

Dr. Steve Suppan

Senior Policy Analyst for Market Regulation, Trade and Technology

Dr. Steve Suppan is a senior policy analyst focusing on agriculture, trade and food safety policy.

Shiney Varghese

Senior Policy Analyst for Water, Agroecology and Gloabal Governance

Shiney Varghese leads IATP's work on global water policy.