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Format: 2016

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,...

December 2015

Response to USTR Froman's "Time to be honest, we are at the end of the line on Doha"

Posted December 16, 2015

WTO

Letter to the Financial Times in response to USTR Froman's editorila of December 13, 2015, Time to be honest, we are at the end of the line on Doha.   December 14, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya   Dear Editors,   USTR Froman published a strongly worded opinion piece yesterday (Time to be honest, we are at the end...

Food Security and the Nairobi Ministerial of the World Trade Organization

Posted December 12, 2015

WTO, Food security

The Honorable Michael Froman United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508 December 11, 2015 Dear Ambassador Froman,   While we recognize the complexity of the many issues being negotiated in the lead up to the December 15-18, 2015 Nairobi Ministerial of the World Trade...

A 21st Century Ambition for International Trade

Posted December 11, 2015

Trade, WTO, Free trade agreements, World Trade Organization (WTO)

December 2, 2015 – The World Trade Organization (WTO) turned 20 this year—it is young in the world of multilateral agencies (by way of comparison, the UN turned 70 this year) but it is no longer new. There is now a sizeable group of people working on trade who do not remember a time before the WTO. It has...

Letter to the USTR on global food security

Posted December 11, 2015

Trade, Food security

The Honorable Michael Froman United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508   December 11, 2015 Dear Ambassador Froman, While we recognize the complexity of the many issues being negotiated in the lead up to the December 15-18, 2015 Nairobi Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (...

Will carbon markets ever deliver for southern government, forests and people?

Posted December 8, 2015

Carbon Markets, Climate

This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people. Carbon trading does not reduce emissions, will not deliver money where it is needed on the ground...

Comment on the Proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps for Swaps Dealers and Major Swaps Participants

Posted December 3, 2015

Markets

Christopher Kirkpatrick September 14, 2015 Secretary to the Commission Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) (Commission) Three Lafayette Center 1155 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20581 Submitted electronically at http://comments.cftc.gov Comment on the Proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared...

Response to the RFI concerning the revision of the Coordinated Framework (CF)

Posted December 3, 2015

November 13, 2015 National Science and Technology Council Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President Eisenhower Executive Office Building 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20504 Submitted electronically RE: Docket No....

Rural Climate Policy Priorities

Posted December 1, 2015

Rural Climate Dialogues, Climate, Climate Change, Rural Development

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders...

U.S. rural leaders and advocates release climate change policy priorities

Posted December 1, 2015

Rural Climate Dialogues, Climate, Climate Change

MINNEAPOLIS, MN/PARIS, FRANCE – Rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. outlined the challenges climate change poses to rural communities and a set of policy priorities, “Rural Climate Policy Priorities: Solutions from the Ground,” released today during the first week of global climate...

November 2015

States’ Leadership on Healthy Food and Farming at Risk under Proposed Trade Deals

Posted November 20, 2015

Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements

Consumers want and expect that product labels will identify where their food is from, how it was produced and what is in it. In the absence of action by the federal government to provide this information, states across the United States are stepping up to require informational labels on food, including nutrition...

State’s Leadership on Healthy Food and Farming at Risk Under Proposed Trade Deals

Posted November 19, 2015

Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements

Consumer interest in healthy eating, organic food and supporting sustainable local food systems has never been higher. Consumers want and expect that product labels will identify where their food is from, how it was produced and what is in it. With federal food labeling policies lagging far behind public expectations...

Contribution to Africa Regional Meeting on Agroecology

Posted November 17, 2015

Food Justice, Agriculture, Agroecology, Climate Change

Minneapolis, November 17, 2015 — Agroecology has been growing on national and international agendas, ranging from the 2012 decree on agroecology of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology, to the 2014 International Symposium on Agroecology...

New report challenges food safety and animal health standards in TPP trade agreement

Posted November 12, 2015

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released an analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which deals with the regulatory standards intended to protect food safety and animal health. The TPP SPS chapter is...