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September 2014

70 groups tell Obama: Don’t restrict GMO labeling in trade agreements

Posted September 29, 2014

Trade, Free trade agreements, GMO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventy consumer, farm and food groups, and businesses urged the Obama Administration in a letter today not to restrict efforts to label genetically modified foods in the ongoing and secret U.S.-EU trade talks. Through negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) with the...

Letter to Michael Froman about TAFTA's effect on GMO labeling efforts

Posted September 29, 2014

Trade, Free trade agreements, GMO

Letter from 70 consumer, farm and food groups, and businesses to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman expressing deep concerns about proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA, otherwise known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that would threaten efforts to label...

CSO STATEMENT

Posted September 24, 2014

Climate, Climate Change

A statement from Civil Society as read by Sonali Bisht at the UN Climate Summit September 23, 2014 emphasizing agroecology as the real solution to climate change impacts on agriculture, there was no mention of agroecology or agroecological initiatives in the agriculture session."

As Long as the Rivers Flow

Posted September 22, 2014

Tar Sands

On July 13, 1899, on the northwest shore of Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, our grandfathers entered into a Sharing Agreement with the Crown. This Agreement, known as Treaty 8, guaranteed the hunting, fishing and trapping rights of our peoples in support of sustaining our traditional livelihood, in return for our...

Scientists’ Support Letter for the International Symposium on Agroecology, 18–19 September, 2014

Posted September 17, 2014

Agriculture, Agroecology

As scientists and scholars working in sustainable agriculture and food systems, the undersigned praise the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for organizing and convening the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition Security. This symposium comes at an opportune time as...

No Time to Lose: 147 Studies Supporting Public Health Action to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals*

Posted September 8, 2014

Agriculture, Antibiotics, Health

147 Studies Supporting Public Health Action to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals*

An open letter to the European Commission US-EU trade negotiators

Posted September 3, 2014

Free trade agenda, Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements

RE: The safety of Europe’s food is under threat in US-EU trade talks Dear Commissioner De Gucht, Cc. EC Spokesman Mr. Valero-Ladrón, We are writing to respond to claims by the European Commission (EC) that there is “no contradiction” in the US-EU trade talks with the “enforcement of high...

August 2014

Whose Century Is It?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Food and the “21st-Century Trade Agreement”

Posted August 27, 2014

Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements, Globalization

The future of trade deals? In the final year of the George W. Bush presidency, the U.S. entered into negotiations to establish a gargantuan new trade deal. The negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently involve 12 countries—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico...

Tar Sands: How Trade Rules Surrender Sovereignty and Extend Corporate Rights

Posted August 21, 2014

Tar Sands, Climate Change, Energy, Environment

Introduction Neoliberalism exacerbates climate change and codifies the subjugation of indigenous communities through trade agreement rules that allow corporations to control natural resources and challenge government regulations. Liberalized trade and economic regimes promote policies that incentivize unrestricted...

Maine Agriculture and Food Systems in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Posted August 15, 2014

Free trade agenda, TTIP, Free trade agreements

Executive Summary The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began with a series of bold assertions that it would serve to jump start the two ailing economies, resulting in rising economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic. Tariffs are already quite low. The...

Leaked CETA draft text, August 2014

Posted August 13, 2014

Free trade agenda, Trade, Free trade agreements

Leaked CETA draft text, release August 13, 2014.  Download the full document.

Scientist call for diversity on NAS GMO panel

Posted August 7, 2014

Gender, GMO

A group of 64 scientists raised concerns over the panel selected by the National Academy of Sciences for its new study on genetically engineered crops, arguing that the group “does not contain the necessary expertise required” to fully answer the questions at hand. The panel put together for the study, entitled "...

From GMO to SMO: how synthetic biology evades regulation

Posted August 7, 2014

Food, GMO

Products derived from synthetic biology (popularly called synbio), a rapidly growing new technology, are beginning to enter the marketplace without a regulatory framework in place that provides for pre-market safety assessment of its unique risks to health and the environment. In the very near future, a host of food...

July 2014