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Format: 2014

March 2013

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...

December 2012

Frozen Local: Strategies for Freezing Locally Grown Produce for the K-12 Marketplace

Posted December 11, 2012

Local Food, Food

Executive summary Farm to School programs, linking children in K-12 schools with locally grown foods and the farmers who produce them are growing by leaps and bounds across the United States. In 2012, more than 12,400 schools were engaged in Farm to School activities.1 In Minnesota, where the Institute for Agriculture...

Autism, Environment and Diet: Questions and Answers

Posted December 10, 2012

Food and Health, Autism, Food, Health

Q: What causes autism? A: There is no one cause of autism. Multiple factors in our food and broader environment combine with inherited factors to contribute to autism. All of these factors can play different roles, and can take on various levels of significance in different individuals—all of us are unique in...

Food + Justice = Democracy conference steering committee

Posted December 7, 2012

Food Justice, Food, Justice

Steering committee for the Food + Justice = Democracy conference that took place in Minneapolis September 24–26.

Food + Justice = Democracy conference speaker bios

Posted December 7, 2012

Food Justice, Food, Justice

Bios for the speakers at the Food + Justice = Democracy conference in Minneapolis September 24–26.

Food + Justice = Democracy Peoples Movement Assembly

Posted December 7, 2012

Food Justice, Food, Justice

Information on the Peoples Movement Assembly at the Food + Justice = Democracy conference in Minneapolis September 24–26.

Food + Justice = Democracy conference agenda

Posted December 7, 2012

Food Justice, Food, Justice

The full agenda for the Food + Justice = Democracy conference that took place September 24–26 in Minneapolis.

November 2012

Grow Ahead connects coffee drinkers and growers in alternative finance model

Posted November 27, 2012

Agriculture, Fair Trade

MINNEAPOLIS – A new approach to social trade finance and crowd funding is offering coffee lovers the chance to support the small-scale farmers that produce their favorite brew. Grow Ahead, led in part by the Minneapolis roaster Peace Coffee, connects coffee growers with critically needed capital, bringing small...