Action Alert


Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!


The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.


TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.


Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to iatp.org/tradesecrets.

Document Library

Format: 2014

July 2014

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...

Measuring Success: Local Food Systems and the Need for New Indicators

Posted June 3, 2014

Local Food, Food, Sustainable Agriculture

In agriculture, policymakers, analysts and researchers often use a set of indicators to assess whether a farming system, or new technology, is succeeding. The most common indicators focus on increasing “yield,” often of a singular crop or animal unit, within large-scale production systems. The use of...

Revision of the EU fertilizer regulation and cadmium content of fertilisers

Posted June 2, 2014

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...

May 2014

10 reasons TTIP is bad for good food and farming

Posted May 16, 2014

Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements, Sustainable Agriculture

The United States and the European Union have launched negotiations on a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a free trade agreement that aims to “harmonize” standards and regulations in both regions to expand corporate profits. However, the regulations in question are critical to...

The State of the States on Climate Adaptation

Posted May 8, 2014

Agriculture, Climate, Climate Change

Foreward As the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent, society is becoming more serious about the need to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin preparing for a changing climate. The needs are profound—practically every area of our economy and society will be ...

Trading away localization in TTIP

Posted May 5, 2014

Local Food, Trade, Free trade agreements

All over the world, communities and nations are developing new ways to rebuild local economies. In the U.S. and Europe, a growing number of people are taking a look at the processed foods at the supermarket and opting instead for healthier choices: foods that are local, in season and grown with fewer pesticides. In...

March 2014

Nanotechnology Risk to Soil Health

Posted March 19, 2014

Food and Health, Agricultural Technology, Environment, Health, Nanotechnology

Overview: Nanotechnology and its application to agriculture and food The application of nanotechnology techniques and engineered nanoscale materials (ENMs) to agricultural inputs is one of the means proposed for the “sustainable intensification” of agricultural crop production. The United Nations Food...

March 10, 2014 CSO letter to USTR Michael Froman re: TTIP's effect on meat production

Posted March 10, 2014

Trade, Free trade agreements

March 10, 2014 letter from 29 civil society groups to USTR Michael Froman regarding TTIP and its effects on meat production in the U.S. and EU.

Financial Stability Board Consultation Paper

Posted March 7, 2014

Finance, Markets

 Comments to the financial stability board. 

Comment on “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Position Limits for Derivatives”, 17 CFR Part 150 (RIN 3038-AD99)

Posted March 7, 2014

Finance, Markets

IATP comments to the CFTC on data aggregation rules to prevent excessive speculation in agricultural derivatives contracts.

Comment on “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Aggregation of Positions”, 17 CFR Part 150 (RIN 3038-AD82)

Posted March 7, 2014

Finance, Markets

IATP comments to the CFTC on aggregation of data within its revised position limits rule.

Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum (all lessons and worksheets)

Posted March 4, 2014

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

Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum The high school level Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them...