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

December 2013

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Food- and Beverage-Related Eco-labels/Label Claims

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Financial Strategies for Incorporating Sustainable Food into a Hospital’s Budget

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: The Health-Based Rationale for Hospital Purchase of Sustainable Food

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Local, Sustainable Products Carried by Distributors Serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Iowa, Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Sustainable Farmers, Producers Interested in Selling to Hospitals

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Online Resources for Hospitals Interested in Connecting to Sustainable Farmers, Producers

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Online Resources for Sustainable Farmers, Producers Interested in Selling to Hospitals

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Seasonal Availability of Produce and Other Foods Produced in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Sustainable Food Procurement: Working with Current Supply Chain Partners

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Ten Steps to Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships with Local, Sustainable Farmers, Producers

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Farm to Hospital Toolkit: Hospital Food Purchasing: A Primer for North Central Region Sustainable Farmers/Producers

Posted December 11, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Hospital, Farm to Institution

This is a toolkit associated with IATP's 2013 Farm to Hospital reports. Learn more at www.iatp.org/farm-to-hospital.

Autism: What Do Environment and Diet Have to Do With It?

Posted December 3, 2013

Food and Health, Healthy Legacy, Autism, Environment, Health

Background Autism is one of a growing number of developmental and learning disabilities that now affect 1 in 6 children.1 Autism is distinctive among these disabilities for its devastating effects on individuals and families, its astronomical costs to society and families and for its disturbing and unexplained...

November 2013

Group sign-on letter to the U.S. Trade Representative on U.S. opposition of G-33 food security proposal

Posted November 27, 2013

Food security, World Trade Organization (WTO)

November 26, 2013 Dear Ambassador Froman, We write to express our dismay at U.S. opposition to proposals at the World Trade Organization (WTO) by developing countries to address their food security objectives, including reducing volatility in food prices and supplies. We urge you to support the G33’s proposal to...

Farmer, rancher and consumer groups celebrate new “COOL” Thanksgiving as improved food labels take effect this week

Posted November 26, 2013

Food, Labeling

WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Following the recent implementation of new country-of-origin labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products, 15 farmer, rancher and consumer groups issued the following statement: “As families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a...

October 2013

Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market

Posted October 23, 2013

Local Food, Finance, Trade, Food safety, Free trade agreements, Toxics

Download Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market or read the executive summary below. Executive summary  Still reeling from the devastation of the global financial crisis, the EU and U.S have embarked on an ambitious set of trade talks for a Transatlantic Trade and...

Scaling Up Agroecology

Posted October 9, 2013

Agriculture, Agroecology, Environment, Food, Globalization

If there was a silver lining in the disastrous 2007–2008 food price crisis, it was that it prompted governments and international donors to re-examine their priorities for agricultural development. They committed to invest in agriculture and food security in a manner that prioritizes small-scale producers (...

EU-US trade deal: A bumper crop for "big food"?

Posted October 9, 2013

Agribusiness, Food, Free trade agreements

The drive for "regulatory coherence" in the transatlantic trade talks risks pushing food and farming standards down in the U.S. and EU. Big food and biotech companies are pushing to eliminate EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) foods and food additives, challenge food labelling laws...

Sustainable, equitable and viable food systems: Civil society messages for the International Year of Family Farming and beyond

Posted October 7, 2013

Agriculture, Food security, Sustainable Agriculture, Water

Wednesday 9th October, 12:30–2:00 p.m., at the 40th Session of the FAO Committee on World Food Security, FAO Headquarters, Rome This side event will give examples and characteristics of sustainable, equitable and viable food systems, including crop and livestock production. Examples and experiences from...

FDA to withdraw approvals of arsenic in animal feed

Posted October 1, 2013

Agriculture, Antibiotics, Food

October 1st, 2013, Washington, DC —Late yesterday, under threat of a lawsuit, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to a nearly four-year-old petition, calling for the immediate withdrawal of the vast majority of arsenic-containing compounds used as feed additives for chickens, turkeys and hogs....