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

Screening and panel: American Meat

Wed., August 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Anthony Main
115 Main Street, SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota

IATP, in partnership with Birchwood Cafe, presents American Meat on Wednesday August 1st.

Join us, along with director Graham Meriwether for a pre-screening complimentary local foods reception with wine and beer specials at the Birchwood Cafe from 5:30–6:30 p.m.
The film starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Main (tickets are $10 and are available at the theatre) and will be followed by a panel discussion from 8:30–9 p.m.
Panelists include:
  • Mark Muller, Director of IATP Food & Community Fellows
  • Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Director of the Rural Enterprise Center/Sustainable Poultry Production
  • Wayne Martin, University of Minnesota Agriculture Educator
  • Audrey Arner, Moonstone Farm Grass Fed Beef
  • American Meat Director Graham Meriwether
American Meat is a solutions-oriented macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring Fred Kirschenmann, Joel Salatin, Steve Ells, Chuck Wirtz, Paul Willis, and tens of farmers across America, we take an even-handed look at animal husbandry. We explain how America arrived at our current industrial system, and show you the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, we introduce the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. We meet tens of farmers across the country who have changed their life to start grass-based farms, and we highlight every day tangible solutions that people can take, to change agriculture in America. We share the inspiring story of Chipotle, as CEO Steve Ells continues a mission to source his company's meat from different farms, with new groundbreaking protocols. We show the story of Stone Barns Center, explaining the importance of training and education for the new generation of farmers growing each day.