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Format: 2014

August 2014

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

Leaked document reveals US-EU trade agreement threatens public health, food safety

Posted July 24, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

WASHINGTON D.C. – A draft chapter of the U.S-EU trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis. The leaked chapter concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues—those...

Analysis of the draft Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues (proposed by the European Commission, as of June 27, 2014)

Posted July 23, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

Trade agreements have a profound influence on how regulations to protect public health and how we produce food are developed, implemented and enforced or not enforced. U.S. and EU food safety regulations in the US and the EU often set the bar for such standards around the world. There is much at stake in the wording...

TTIP – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues – Draft SPS chapter

Posted July 23, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

 Leaked draft TTIP chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues.  Download full document.

A Farmer and Landowner Guide to Pollinators and Neonicotinoids

Posted July 17, 2014

Agricultural Technology, Agriculture, Environment

Pollinators are essential to the environment and our food supply. Nearly one out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat relies on a pollinator, and they have been shown to boost crop yield and quality, providing clear economic benefits to farmers. Most people know that bees are pollinators, but there are many others,...

Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package

Posted July 15, 2014

Local Food, Food and Health, Farm to Childcare, Farm to Institution, Education, Sustainable Agriculture

Inside this curriculum package, you will find activity ideas and resources for implementing Farm to Childcare at your  childcare center. Many of these resources are ready to use, while some are examples that offer opportunities for you to customize to your own context. Lesson planning charts are provided to help...

Farm to Childcare: Highlights and Lessons Learned

Posted July 15, 2014

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to Childcare, Education, Food

Introduction: About our Experience with Farm to Childcare In late 2011, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began exploring a potential collaboration with New Horizon Academy (NHA), a for-profit childcare provider, to jointly design and conduct a pilot Farm to Childcare (F2CC) program in Minnesota....

New Farm to Childcare curriculum connects youngest eaters with fresh local fruits and vegetables

Posted July 14, 2014

Local Food, Food and Health, Farm to Childcare, Education

Minneapolis – The new Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package released today gives childcare providers a roadmap to start their own Farm to Childcare programs in order to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the farmers who grow them. The curriculum was developed for...

June 2014

Revision of the EU fertilizer regulation and cadmium content of fertilizers

Posted June 19, 2014

Agriculture, Natural resources, Toxics

Daniel Calleja Crespo May 28 2014 Director General Directorate General for enterprise and industry B - 1049 Brussels Cc Karl Falkenberg, Director General, Directorate General for Environment Re: Revision of the EU...

Morris citizens to discuss responses to extreme weather in first Rural Climate Dialogue, June 12–14

Posted June 9, 2014

Climate, Climate Change, Rural Development

A “Citizen Jury” will come together June 12–14 in Morris, Minn. for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns, extreme weather events, and their community. This “Rural Climate...