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

February 2014

Change in grain policy signals China’s intent to boost meat production

Posted February 18, 2014

China, Industrialized Meat, Dairy, Livestock

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – China’s announcement last week to relinquish its historic grain self-sufficiency policy signals a major boost to the country’s meat, dairy and feed sectors as Chinese companies go global. China’s transition to an industrial, resource-intensive model of livestock...

Fair or Fowl? Industrialization of Poultry Production in China

Posted February 17, 2014

China, Industrialized Meat, Dairy, Livestock

Executive summary Poultry meat and eggs were not traditionally an important part of the Chinese diet. They were considered luxury goods for consumption on special occasions. Over the past three decades, however, China’s per capita poultry consumption has increased from barely 1kg to over 9kg per year. Today, the...

China’s Dairy Dilemma: The Evolution and Future Trends of China’s Dairy Industry

Posted February 17, 2014

China, Industrialized Meat, Dairy, Livestock

Executive summary The past three decades have seen both dairy production and consumption in China soar, averaging a 12.8 percent annual growth rate since 2000. This boom in both production and consumption has had critical consequences for both Chinese small dairy producers and consumers as the power of a few large...

China’s Pork Miracle? Agribusiness and Development in China’s Pork Industry

Posted February 17, 2014

China, Industrialized Meat, Dairy, Livestock

Executive summary Agriculture has helped fuel the “China miracle.” Since 1978, agricultural and food output has soared, Chinese agribusiness firms have become key players in domestic and international markets, and by all accounts, China has been highly successful in overcoming land and resource constraints...

The Need for Feed: China’s Demand for Industrialized Meat and Its Impacts

Posted February 17, 2014

China, Industrialized Meat, Livestock

Executive summary China’s need for feed and the globalized supply chain of the industrial livestock industry is contributing to land use change in China and abroad. It is transforming the government’s approach to grain self-sufficiency, land-based investments abroad and its policies on trade in meat versus...

Safe Products, Made Safely: Green Chemistry Tools for Business

Posted February 15, 2014

About this resources guide The number of sustainability tools in the marketplace is growing daily, often making it more complicated for businesses interested in improving their sustainability footprint to find the technical assistance they need. This guide provides a simple template of questions to help users begin the...

Emily Peine's slides from China Webinar 02/11/2014

Posted February 11, 2014

Industrialized Meat

Emily Peine's slides from China Webinar 02/11/2014

Shefali Sharma's slides from China Webinar 02/11/2014

Posted February 11, 2014

Industrialized Meat

Shefali Sharma's slides from China Webinar 02/11/2014

December 2013

Karin Ulmer's TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

Posted December 16, 2013

TTIP

Karin Ulmer's TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

Steve Suppan TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

Posted December 16, 2013

TTIP

Steve Suppan TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

Karen Hansen-Kuhn TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

Posted December 16, 2013

TTIP

Karen Hansen-Kuhn TTIP slides webinar 12/16/2013

The USDA plan for deregulating and privatizing meat and poultry inspection: A short history

Posted December 13, 2013

Agriculture, Industrialized Meat, Food

Minneapolis, December 5, 2013 — In early November, the European Commission (EC) posted on its website a report evaluating Australian meat inspection. The upshot of the report will be to ban imports of Australian beef, pork and lamb because Australia allows companies producing meat products to also inspect them...

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Farmer-Focused Report

Posted December 12, 2013

Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Executive Summary There is ample evidence that hospitals throughout the north central region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin—are interested in buying food and beverages produced by sustainable farmers/producers (see...

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Hospital-Focused Report

Posted December 12, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Executive Summary Key lessons learned The 1,493 community hospitals and VA hospitals/medical centers in the north central U.S.—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin—spend an estimated $718 million to 1.3 billion each year on food and...

Comment on the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) draft Strategic Plan

Posted December 12, 2013

Food and Health, Nanotechnology

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a 501(c)(3) organization, is pleased to submit this comment. IATP participated in the NNI stakeholder workshop in June, including two breakout sessions on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) impacts. The NNI should commit to implementing the Organizations for...

Farm to Hospital Toolkits 1–12

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

These are toolkits associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital. 

Farm to Hospital: Appendix A - Advisory Committee and Project Team Information

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Appendix A of IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital: Appendix B - IATP SARE Project Health Care Collaborator Combined Food and Beverage Expenses

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Appendix B of IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital: Appendix C - Procurement Data Extrapolations

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Appendix C of IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital: Appendix D - Collaborator Food Service Survey Results

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

Appendix D of IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.