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April 2013

Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture

Posted April 24, 2013

Agriculture, Environment, Nanotechnology

Minneapolis – Nanomaterials added to soil via fertilizers and treated sewage waste used to fertilize fields could threaten soil health necessary to keep land productive, says a new report released today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Peer-reviewed scientific research also indicates...

Back to the future: taxing finance

Posted April 23, 2013

Finance, Markets

In this era of budgetary obsession, we need to make sure everyone pays their fair share, even the well-protected financial services industry. Reinstating a small tax on financial trades would not only generate significant revenue, it would help stabilize markets that have caused so much turmoil in recent years. Such a...

Free trade versus food democracy

Posted April 17, 2013

Trade, Free trade agreements

April 17, 2013 – There has been a quiet revolution going around the world, as communities and nations retake control of their food systems. In the U.S., more people are taking a look at processed foods at the supermarket and opting instead for healthier choices, grown locally with fewer pesticides. People in...

Overdue reforms to food aid a welcome change in new Presidential budget

Posted April 10, 2013

Agriculture, Food, Globalization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget, released today, includes long-overdue changes to the way the U.S. distributes its food aid around the world. These changes will make aid more efficient—up to doubling the bang for each dollar spent—and they will help build...

March 2013

Nanomaterials In Soil: Our Future Food Chain?

Posted March 28, 2013

Agriculture, Nanotechnology

Overview To feed a growing population under increasing natural resource constraints, the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international organizations are promoting “sustainable intensification” as the future of agricultural production.1 The application of...

Water Governance in the 21st Century

Posted March 28, 2013

Human Rights, Global Governance, Water

As water insecurities increase globally, there is an increasing emphasis on demand management approaches, which for the most part emphasize market mechanisms as a means to ensure water security for all. Water trading is one of the market-based mechanisms that helps transfer water from one user to another. This...

New petition asks FDA to prohibit yet another unnecessary antibiotic use

Posted March 15, 2013

Agriculture, Antibiotics, Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a petition submitted today to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), antibiotic use in ethanol production is illegal, unnecessary and adds to the catastrophic public health threat from antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. The petition, submitted by the Center for Food...

Citizen petition to prohibit or enjoin the use of antibiotics in the production of distillers grains sold as animal feed for food-producing animals

Posted March 15, 2013

Food and Health, Antibiotics, Livestock

In a boiled-down description, ethanol production is relatively simple.  An ethanol producer grinds up a starch-like feedstock such as corn, adds warm water to make a mash, adds yeast, and then waits as the yeast ferments the starch into ethanol and carbon dioxide. The liquid ethanol and carbon dioxide are...

Who’s at the Table? Demanding Answers on Agriculture in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted March 4, 2013

Agriculture, Trade, Free trade agreements, Globalization

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional free-trade agreement (FTA) in history, both because of the size of the economies participating in the negotiations and because it holds open the possibility for other countries to quietly “dock in” to the existing...

Ambition in the agriculture sector

Posted March 1, 2013

Agriculture, Climate, Climate Change, United Nations

Overview: Agriculture and the climate change challenge Agriculture plays a central role in providing global food security and ensuring rural livelihoods for two-thirds of the developing world and 40 percent of the world’s population; it is undoubtedly a unique sector. Linkages between agriculture and climate...

February 2013

Joint Group ADUFA Letter to HELP

Posted February 26, 2013

Food and Health, Health, Livestock

Joint letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding ADUFA.

Groups welcome the release of administration proposal for international food aid reform

Posted February 26, 2013

Food Assistance, Commodities, Food security, Global Governance

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2013 – The below groups welcome reports that the Administration may propose helpful reforms to the U.S. food assistance program in its FY2014 budget submission to Congress. We urge the Obama Administration to include a bold reform proposal that builds upon the United States’...

Land Grabs and Fragile Food Systems

Posted February 20, 2013

Food, Globalization, Land Grab

Executive Summary IATP has worked on trade and agriculture for more than 25 years. In all that time, we have consistently argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and pushes public interests aside. This paper...

The end of the Farm Bill?

Posted February 4, 2013

Agriculture, Farm Bill, Food

February 4, 2013 – “There is absolutely no way to explain this other than agriculture is just not a priority,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow on the Senate Floor on New Year’s Day. She was describing the bare-bones Farm Bill extension agreed to as part of the stop-...

Managing Small Urban Farmers Markets:

Posted February 4, 2013

Local Food, Mini Markets, Food

Overview While some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, others do not. Mini farmers markets help address this challenge by bringing fresh, locally grown foods into Minneapolis neighborhoods. In 2006, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began working with neighborhood-...

Networking Small Urban Farmers Markets

Posted February 4, 2013

Local Food, Mini Markets, Food

Overview While some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, others do not. Mini farmers markets help address this challenge by bringing fresh, locally grown foods into Minneapolis neighborhoods. This manual shares IATP’s experience building and managing a network of these small...

January 2013

A year of squandered opportunities to resolve the food crisis

Posted January 31, 2013

Markets, Food, Food Reserves, Food security

January 31, 2013 – A drought in the United States last year sparked the third price spike in international food commodity markets in the last five years, again pushing maize, wheat, and soybean prices to record highs. Why are we still seeing such volatility six years after prices shot up in 2007? Have global...

Minnesota set to lead on green chemistry through innovative partnerships

Posted January 22, 2013

Green Jobs, Business and industry, Environment, Green chemistry

Business leaders will gather in Minnesota on Friday, January 25, to discuss how green chemistry—an approach to the design, manufacture and use of chemical products to intentionally reduce or eliminate chemical hazards—is becoming central to their success. Cohosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade...

Beyond the Farm Bill

Posted January 9, 2013

Agriculture, Farm Bill

The failure of Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2012, and the ensuing disastrous nine-month extension that eviscerated a score of programs, illustrates how impotent this policy tool has become. Instead of addressing the urgent challenges our food system faces, the Farm Bill is a patchwork of programs that not only fail...