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September 2016

The Climate Cost of Free Trade

Posted September 6, 2016

TPP, Trade, Climate, Climate Change, Free trade agreements

On Earth Day 2016, the U.S. joined 175 countries in signing the United Nations Paris climate agreement setting a path forward to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.1 A few months earlier, the U.S., along with 11 other countries, signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment deal.2 Remarkably,...

The Climate Cost of Free Trade Executive Summary

Posted September 6, 2016

TPP, Trade, Climate, Climate Change, Free trade agreements

On Earth Day 2016, the U.S. joined 175 countries in signing the United Nations Paris climate agreement setting a path forward to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. A few months earlier, the U.S., along with 11 other countries, signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment deal.1 Remarkably,...

August 2016

Comments to the EPA Re: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033

Posted August 22, 2016

clean power plan, Climate Change, Energy

To: Environmental Protection Agency From: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Re: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033 The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) promotes rural development that boosts community resilience, equity,...

July 2016

New Report Documents Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP

Posted July 13, 2016

Agriculture, Industrialized Meat, Trade, TTIP

Brussels – Today at the European Parliament, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Europe, Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (AbL) (member of peasant farmers’ organisation Via Campesina), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and PowerShift released a new report documenting how the...

Selling Off the Farm: Endnotes only, no report

Posted July 11, 2016

Endnotes for the report Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP.

Selling Off the Farm: Report only, no endnotes

Posted July 11, 2016

Report with not endnotes for Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP.

Selling Off the Farm: Executive Summary

Posted July 11, 2016

Industrialized Meat, Trade, TTIP

The Executive Summary for the report Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP. Jointly published with Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (ABL), Compassion in World Farming and PowerShift.

Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP

Posted July 11, 2016

Agriculture, Industrialized Meat, Trade, TTIP, Food

Executive Summary Citizens in both the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) are demanding a healthier, more just and more sustainable food system. As parties negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), proposed trade rules threaten to undermine the good food and farm movements on...

June 2016

The Clean Power Plan

Posted June 29, 2016

clean power plan, Climate Change, Rural Development

The Clean Power Plan is the most significant policy shaping the future of the United States’ energy sector. As such, it will affect rural communities that have long produced much of the nation’s energy supply. Although rural counties house only 15 percent of U.S. residents, they account for 72 percent of...

May 2016

Five key takeaways from the TTIP leak for food and farming systems

Posted May 25, 2016

Trade, TTIP, Food, Food safety, Free trade agreements

The leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts published by Greenpeace Netherlands1 on May 2 provide a crucial snapshot of the status of the trade talks. While a fair amount of information has either leaked or been published by the European Commission on its positions, this is the...

USITC ignores TPP food safety costs, overstates benefits for farmers

Posted May 19, 2016

TPP, Trade, Food, Food safety

Minneapolis – The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has published its assessment of the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy and on the “interests of U.S. consumers,” as required by the Trade Priorities Act. Judging by the agricultural trade deficits...

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”): Regulation Automated Trading (“AT”)

Posted May 11, 2016

Trade, Markets, Free trade agreements

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (“IATP”)2 appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Commission’s proposed regulation for Automated Trading Systems (“ATS”). IATP commented on the Commission’s “Concept Release and System Safeguards for Automated Trading...

Contribution to Asia Regional Meeting on Agroecology

Posted May 10, 2016

Food Justice, Agroecology, Food, Globalization, Justice

Minneapolis, May 10, 2016—The Regional Meeting on Agroecology in Asia in November of 2015 marked the culmination of four FAO meetings on Agroecology. These vibrant meetings confirmed a rising tide that we have written about previously: agroecology’s prominence is growing worldwide. The importance of its...

Leaked TTIP text shows U.S. negotiators push to lower food safety standards, farmer protections

Posted May 2, 2016

Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis – Leaked negotiating texts for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) expose the heavy influence of corporate agribusiness in the negotiations, pushing to lower trade restrictions and public health regulations affecting food production, according to analysis of the texts by the...

April 2016

Minnesota Farm and Rural Groups Join 150+ Organizations to Ask Congress to Reject TPP, Stand Up for Independent Farmers and Ranchers

Posted April 27, 2016

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a divisive issue in the nation’s capital, and criticism intensified after 161 food, farm, faith and rural organizations, including four from Minnesota, sent a letter to Capitol Hill today, urging lawmakers to reject the trade pact....

Environmental Impact Statement; Introduction of the Products of Biotechnology U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Posted April 27, 2016

Agriculture, Environment

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy[i] (IATP) appreciates this opportunity to comment on “reasonable alternatives and possible issues to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement” (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 24, February 5, 2016, at 6225). IATP understands that the programmatic EIS...

Memo on procurement in TTIP

Posted April 20, 2016

Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements

Public Procurement is a key component of the TTIP negotiations and an area where almost all Member States have offensive interests, and in consequence the EU has been requesting a substantial market opening outcome in this area. However, to counter such request, there have been some claims like the following: The US...

TPP would hurt small scale farmers in developing countries, groups say

Posted April 18, 2016

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis – More than 50 development, religious and sustainable agriculture groups are demanding that Congress reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of its potential impacts on small scale farmers and food production, especially those in developing countries. The signers include the Institute for...

Letter to Congress over concerns about TPP's impact

Posted April 18, 2016

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

April 18, 2016 Dear Member of Congress, We write to you as development, faith-based and sustainable agriculture organizations concerned about the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on food security and sustainable development in the member countries and around the world. Many of us work closely...