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Format: 2016

December 2015

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...

The TPP SPS chapter: not a “model for the rest of the world”

Posted November 12, 2015

TPP, Free trade agreements

Key findings “Trade in products of modern biotechnology” has been located in Chapter 2, “National Treatment and Access for Market Goods,” so that controversies over GMOs or synthetic biology would be judged based on criteria of market access rather than risk assessments of their safety for...

TPP released: Multinationals win, farmers, consumers and the environment lose

Posted November 5, 2015

TPP, Trade, Free trade agreements

Minneapolis/Washington D.C.– After six years of negotiations behind closed doors, the 12 governments that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have finally made their agreement public—and the news is not good. The lengthy, 30 chapter agreement, plus important fine-print annexes written in trade law...

October 2015

Aufruf Für ein Verbot hochgefährlicher Pestizide

Posted October 29, 2015

Agriculture, Environment, Food, Pesticides

Jahrzehnte an Erfahrungen haben gezeigt, dass eine sichere Anwendung hochgefährlicher Pestizide trotz vieler Programme zur „sicheren“ Anwendung nicht möglich ist. Noch immer erleiden Menschen, Nutztiere, wild lebende Tiere und die Natur erhebliche Schäden durch hochgefährliche Pestizide. Nach Dekaden des...

Appel pour l’interdictiondes Pesticides Extrêmement Dangereux

Posted October 29, 2015

Agriculture, Environment, Food, Pesticides

Des décennies d'expériences ont montré qu’en dépit des nombreux programmes d’ «utilisation sécuritaire», «l'utilisation sécuritaire» des Pesticides Extrêmement Dangereux (HHPs) n’est pas possible. Les Hommes, les animaux domestiques, la faune et l'environnement continuent de...

Convocatoria Por la prohibición de los plaguicidas altamente peligrosos

Posted October 29, 2015

Agriculture, Environment, Food, Pesticides

Décadas de experiencia han mostrado que un uso seguro de los plaguicidas altamente peligrosos no es posible, a pesar de los muchos programas para un “uso seguro“. Todavía existen seres humanos, ganado, animales silvestres y naturaleza que sufren daños graves a causa de los plaguicidas altamente peligrosos...

Appeal for a ban of highly hazardous pest icides

Posted October 29, 2015

Agriculture, Environment, Food, Pesticides

Decades of experience has shown that, despite numerous ‘safe use’ programs, the ’safe use’ of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is not possible. People, farm animals, wildlife and the environment continue to suffer considerable harm from HHPs. After decades of failure which have seen millions...

U.S. Statement on the CFS42 Decision Box on Water for Food Security and Nutrition

Posted October 22, 2015

Food, Food security, Water

The United States joins consensus on this Decision Box. Domestically, the United States pursues policies that promote access to food, and supports universal and non-discriminatory access to safe drinking water and sanitation, which are vitally important to human health and well-being. Globally, it is the...

Final decision box from the CFS 42 Policy Round Table on Water for Food Security and Nutrition

Posted October 22, 2015

Food, Food security, Water

Final decision box prepared by the rapporteur on the basis of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition's (HLPE) report on water. 

Civil Society Mechanism's intervention in CFS plenary on “Water for Food Security and Nutrition"

Posted October 22, 2015

Food, Food security, Water

Civil society would like to deliver three core points: First, we would like to welcome and commend the HLPE report “Water for Food Security and Nutrition”, and the CFS for taking up this critical issue. This is the first time that the CFS systematically looked at water and linkages between the realization...

Draft Decision Box from the CFS 42 Policy Round Table on Water for Food Security and Nutrition

Posted October 21, 2015

Food security, Justice, Water

First draft of the decision box prepared by the rapporteur on the basis of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition's (HLPE) report on water.

Oral Statement for the Environmental Protection Agency Workshop for Public Input on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Algae

Posted October 15, 2015

Agricultural Technology, Food, Nanotechnology

A statement for the Environmental Protection Agency workshop for public input on considerations for risk Assessment of genetically engineered algae.

TTIP: Why the World Should Beware

Posted October 6, 2015

Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the U.S., will affect the whole world. Many regions of the world including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and the Global South are being excluded from the trade negotiations and...

Food Import Re-Inspection and the “High Standards” of 21st Century Trade Agreements

Posted October 5, 2015

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

Minneapolis, October 6, 2015 — Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements often refer to the “high standards” that are reportedly contained in the draft negotiating texts.1 There is no way to verify U.S. proponent claims...