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February 2015

Hopkins, MN Public Schools and Minnesota-grown Wheatberries Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview Located just west of Minneapolis, MN, the Hopkins Public Schools system serves nearly 7,400 students. The district is composed of six elementary schools, one magnet Chinese immersion school, two junior high schools and one high school. Thirty-eight percent of the district’s students qualify for free or...

Alaska Grown Barley and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview Located in interior Alaska, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District serves daily lunches for over 5,000 of its 14,300 students.1 The district includes 35 public, charter, magnet, and specialized schools that range in size from a rural elementary school of fewer than 100 students to a high school of 1...

Montana-grown Lentils and the Kalispell, Montana Public Schools Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview Located in rural northwestern Montana, the Kalispell Public School District has about 6,000 students, about 3,500 of which are served lunch daily.1 The district places a strong emphasis on providing locally grown products, and its Farm to School program now involves 12 to 15 local producers. Lunch menus...

Portland Public Schools and Regionally Grown Legumes and Grains Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview The largest school district in Oregon, the Portland Public Schools (PPS), is composed of 47,000 students in 81 schools. PPS is a diverse district with 46 percent of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals. About half of its student body is white, 16 percent are Hispanic, 11 percent are African...

Ithaca City School District and New York-Grown Organic Dry Beans and Tofu Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is located in Ithaca, New York, 225 miles northwest of New York City. Nestled at the southern end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region, Ithaca’s beautiful bucolic setting and proximity to an abundance of farmland has been credited with inspiring a food culture that...

Grand Rapids Public Schools: Michigan-grown dry beans Case Study

Posted February 2, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Overview Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) is Michigan’s fourth-largest public school district, serving more than 17,000 students. GRPS’ Nutrition Services1 serves approximately 25,000 meals a day with 86 percent of students being eligible for free lunch. About 36 percent of the student body is African American, 33...

January 2015

Global Movements for Food Justice

Posted January 29, 2015

Food Justice, Agriculture, Agrodemocracy, Agroecology, Justice

Abstract This article examines La V€a Campesina (LVC), or The International Peasant Farmers' Movement. The LVC, founded by farm leaders in 1993, is currently made up of 148 peasant organizations in sixty-nine countries. LVC claims to represent the interests of at least 200 million farmers and has been touted as the...

Reform Groups Commend Congressional Leaders on Reintroduction of Money in Politics Legislation

Posted January 21, 2015

Money and Politics

The undersigned organizations commend today’s reintroduction by key Congressional sponsors of the “Defending Democracy” legislative package, a suite of proposed solutions to the problem of big money domination of our elections (full list below). We congratulate these members of Congress for moving...

Environmental groups opposition to fast track

Posted January 21, 2015

Free trade agenda, Free trade agreements

January 21, 2015 Dear Member of Congress: As leading U.S. environmental and science organizations, we write to express our strong opposition to “fast track” trade promotion authority and to urge you to oppose any legislation that would limit the ability of Congress to ensure that trade pacts deliver...

Using Regionally Grown Grains and Pulses in School Meals

Posted January 15, 2015

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to School, Food

Best Practices for using regionally grown grains and legumes in school meals Healthy, regionally grown grains and legumes are a growing part of Farm to School. Our six case studies on the introduction of locally grown grains and pulses feature school districts, food vendors and partners in communities ranging from:...

Deepening Food Democracy

Posted January 14, 2015

Food Justice, Agriculture, Agrodemocracy, Agroecology, Money and Politics, Justice

Introduction Imagine a group of 15 citizens from your community. These citizens are a cross-section from your community, representative in gender, age, education, party affiliation and ethnicity. They gather to discuss their concerns about the impacts of climate change on their lives and potential steps to overcome...

Unity Statement of Principles

Posted January 12, 2015

Money and Politics

Democracy requires a commitment to self‐government passed from one generation to the next. We recognize our obligation to preserve our representative democracy as our way of resolving reasonable disagreements on public policy. Like generations before us, we come together as citizens setting aside policy differences...

Report: Fungicide resistance poses serious threat to human health, agriculture

Posted January 5, 2015

Agriculture, Fungicide Resistance, Environment

Minneapolis – The beneficial effects of fungicides are rapidly dwindling, opening a vulnerability to fungi in plants and animals, says a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Fungicide Resistance: Risk and Consequences in Modern Agriculture takes an in-depth look at how and why...

December 2014

Fungicide Resistance

Posted December 30, 2014

Agriculture, Fungicide Resistance, Environment

Executive Summary Fungi are ubiquitous and vital members of nearly all ecosystems on our planet, from untouched wilderness to carefully managed agriculture. In our interaction with these creatures we have experienced both extraordinary benefits—including harnessing the process of fermentation—and terrible...

Nonprofits sue EPA for failure to regulate novel pesticide products created With nanotechnology

Posted December 17, 2014

Nanotechnology, Pesticides

Washington, DC – Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit late yesterday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s failure to regulate novel nanomaterial pesticides. In 2008 CFS filed a legal petition demanding the agency take action; today nonprofits sued the agency for...

Congressional spending deal rewards Wall Street over Main Street

Posted December 11, 2014

Finance, Money and Politics, Markets

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against a midnight amendment that would protect Wall Street’s riskiest trading by granting it Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guarantees against losses. House Republicans...

November 2014

Response to the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef Principles, and Criteria for “Sustainable Beef”

Posted November 20, 2014

Industrialized Meat

November 19, 2014 Dear Sirs, We, the following organizations representing millions of our members and online activists, applaud the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB) for acknowledging the importance of ensuring that future global production and sourcing of beef is truly sustainable. Certainly, the...

Alternatives for the Americas

Posted November 17, 2014

Free trade agreements, NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement

Introduction The Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA) brings together a broad range of organizations from throughout the Americas united by the conviction that any form of economic integration among our nations must serve first and foremost to promote equitable and sustainable development for all of our peoples. The...

Local Economies on the Table

Posted November 13, 2014

Communities across the United States and Europe are working to transform local economic systems so that they are more sustainable and equitable. Programs that support the production of nutritious and culturally appropriate food by local farmers and locally sourced renewable energy, construction and even office...