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.

Percolate: Put Your Money Where Your Mug Is

Tue., January 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Peace Coffee Shop - Wonderland Park
3262 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s time to learn how you can help finance the coffee you are drinking today...and tomorrow.

Join IATP’s food systems expert JoAnne Berkenkamp and Peace Coffee’s CEO and Queen Bean Lee Wallace for a discussion about a new model for social trade finance that connects coffee drinkers with the farmers who grow their favorite brew.

Please register by contacting Marin Byrne at mbyrne@iatp.org or (612) 870-3411.

Percolate is an opportunity, every other month, to join IATP in discussions about food, farming and trade. This isn’t just another lecture—come ready to participate!