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

Food MythBusters: The Real Story About What We Eat

Wed., December 5, 5:30 pm

Land Stewardship Project
821 E 35th St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Has anyone ever said to you, "Don't we need industrial ag to feed the world?" The new short film, Food MythBusters from author, educator and sustainable food advocate Anna Lappé, is aimed at answering that question. Every day we are exposed to the myth that we need industrial ag to feed the world—Food MythBusters shows us how sustainable family farms are the key to growing food today and in the future.

Land Stewardship Project, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and Rainforest Action Network invite you to a screening of Food MythBusters on Wednesday, December 5th, at 5:30 p.m., at LSP's Minneapolis office, 821 E 35th St. Mpls, MN 55407. Following the screening, Julia Olmstead, senior associate in IATP's Rural Communities Program, and George Boody, LSP's executive director, will lead a discussion on the issues of hunger, food security and the food myths perpetuated by corporate ag. We will also talk about real solutions toward building a sustainable food and farming system that cares for people and the land.

Along with Food MythBusters, we will also be showing two other short films from Anna and the Real Food Media Project. One features LSP members LaVerne & Arlene Nelson on their dairy farm in Altura, Minn. The other features Kristin Carbone, a vegetable farmer in the Chesapeake Bay. 

This event is free and open to the public — however, space is limited, so please RSVP online here. You can also contact LSP's Megan Smith via e-mail or call 612-722-6377. RSVP is suggested, but not required. Oh, and refreshments will be provided!

Food MythBusters is brought to you by the Real Food Media Project, a collaboration between Anna Lappé, Corporate Accountability International and a Coalition of leading food and farming organizations to offer creative videos, online resources, and grassroots events that tell the real story about the food we eat. IATPLSP and RAN are excited to work with the Real Food Media Project to bring these inspiring and accessible films to our community.