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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...

Farm to Childcare Lessons Learned Appendices

Posted April 11, 2016

Farm to Childcare, Farm to Institution

Appendices for the Farm to Childcare Highlights and Lessons Learned

Dairy in Crisis: TPP Dumping on Dairy Farmers

Posted April 7, 2016

TPP, Trade, Dairy, Free trade agreements

The U.S. dairy industry is currently threatened by a global dairy glut. Worldwide, milk production has increased nearly 40 percent since 1995, with the fastest increase occurring in the last two years.1 In the United States, dairy output exceeded 157 billion pounds in the first three quarters of 2015, and likely broke...

Investigation No. TPA‐105‐001:Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors (and Consumer Interests)

Posted April 4, 2016

Lisa R. Barton Secretary to the Commission U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) 500 E Street SW Washington, DC Investigation No. TPA‐105‐001:Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors (and Consumer Interests) Submitted electronically –...

March 2016

Rural Engagement Critical to Success of Clean Power Plan, New Report

Posted March 31, 2016

Climate, Climate Change, Energy, Rural Development

Minneapolis – The success of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan will depend largely on state-level engagement with rural communities who are most directly affected by shifts in energy production, finds a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). The report, “The...

The Clean Power Plan

Posted March 29, 2016

Climate Change, Energy, Rural Development

Rural America has long produced much of the nation’s energy. Most power plants, mines, gas drilling sites, wind turbines and dams are in rural areas, as are the farms and forests that provide the materials for biomass production. In many cases, these industries contribute greatly to rural economies. However, a...

Carlos Juliano Barros presentation 12/03/2015

Posted March 22, 2016

Industrialized Meat, Livestock

Carlos Juliano Barros presentation 12/03/2015

Dr. Sagari R. Ramdas presentation 12/03/2015

Posted March 22, 2016

Industrialized Meat, Livestock

Dr. Sagari R. Ramdas presentation 12/03/2015

Following Breadcrumbs: TPP Text Provides Clues to U.S. Positions in TTIP

Posted March 21, 2016

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

While civil society groups around the world raise a variety of concerns about the substance of free trade agreements, for the most part they begin their critiques with the lack of transparency. Despite their potentially far-reaching impacts on national economies, public services, and natural resources, trade deals are...

February 2016

TPP signing represents corporate wish list; farmers, consumers and the environment lose

Posted February 3, 2016

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis/Washington D.C. – The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed today in New Zealand, as opposition to the corporate-friendly deal continues to grow in the U.S. and other participating countries. The agreement now has to go to national legislatures for ratification. The TPP has been...

Declaration and Program of Action of Parliamentarians and social movements in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Posted February 2, 2016

TPP, Trade

Declaration: Having gathered for the Dialogue of Parliamentarians and Social Movements opposed to the TPP, held in Mexico City on January 28th, 2016, we share some of the main reasons why we have adopted firm opposition and strong public action to prevent its subscription: Presented as a model 21st century treaty,...