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Format: 2015

July 2013

Letter to President Barack Obama, President Juan Manuel Barroso and President Herman Van Rompuy regarding the TTIP

Posted July 8, 2013

Trade, Free trade agreements

July 8, 2013 Dear President Barack Obama, President Juan Manuel Barroso, and President Herman Van Rompuy: The United States and the European Union are set to begin negotiations of a “trade” and investment agreement, a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also referred to as a...

European Commission's initial position papers on TTIP

Posted July 2, 2013

Trade, Free trade agreements

Initial position papers on: Regulatory Issues - Cross-Cutting Disciplines and Institutional Provisions; Technical Barriers to Trade; Regulatory Cluster: automotive sector, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues (SPS); Trade and Sustainable Development; Anti-Trust & Mergers, Government...

June 2013

Trade deal to undermine health, environmental standards

Posted June 26, 2013

Trade, Environment, Food safety, Free trade agreements, GMO

Closed-door trade negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), set to begin July 8, could significantly lower health and environmental protections as EU and U.S. negotiators work to “harmonize” standards as part of the agreement. A group of 34 family farm, consumer, faith,...

Group letter to Ambassador Michael Froman and Commissioner Karel De Gucht regarding the TTIP

Posted June 26, 2013

Trade, Free trade agreements

Dear Ambassador Froman and Commissioner De Gucht, We write to you as representatives of family farm, consumers, faith, public health, development and environment organizations from the European Union and United States. Our organizations promote fair and sustainable food and farm systems in our communities and nations...

Framing hunger: A Response to the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012

Posted June 20, 2013

Food security

On March 12, 2013, a group of US and Canadian scholars and leaders of organizations addressing hunger submitted to the Director-General José Graziano da Silva of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations a document entitled “Communication for Discussion.” In it, we raised critical...

China, Smithfield and the Global Meat Industry - Slides

Posted June 18, 2013

Agribusiness, Globalization

Slides from the June 18th webinar China, Smithfield and the Global Meat Industry. Video can be found at

Sickeningly Sweet

Posted June 18, 2013

Health, Obesity

Robert H Lustig's slides from the March 18, 2013 webinar Sickly sweet: The science and policy of fructose overconsumption in America. Webinar can be found here: Youtube:

Farm to Childcare program expands to 62 sites across Minnesota

Posted June 17, 2013

Local Food, Farm to Childcare, Food, Health

Minneapolis – Beginning today, childcare centers throughout Minnesota are set to serve healthy, locally grown foods as part of a Farm to Childcare initiative—an innovative program designed in partnership between the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and childcare provider...

Letter to President Obama from 795 health professionals regarding antibiotics

Posted June 4, 2013

Food and Health, Healthy Food Action, Antibiotics, Health

June 4, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: As medical and health care professionals, we seek your help in addressing the urgent and growing epidemic of antibiotic resistance. Specifically, we ask that you move forward with stalled U.S....

May 2013

Letter to the Illinois General Assembly opposing expansion of fracking

Posted May 29, 2013

Natural resources

May 28, 2013   Illinois General Assembly Illinois State Capitol Springfield, IL   Dear Members of the Illinois General Assembly,   With great alarm, we, the undersigned—your neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—are watching as the Illinois General Assembly considers a regulatory bill...

Comment on the 2013 Reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Posted May 20, 2013

Markets, Commodities

In the 113th Congress, already a dozen bills have been introduced to thwart the CFTC’s discretion to implement Title VII of the DFA, and indeed, to annul the legislative intent of the DFA itself. IATP has criticized these counter-reform initiatives by contributing to and supporting AFR’s detailed...

New report raises concerns about expansion of frac sand mines in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Posted May 15, 2013

Environment, Health, Rural Development

St. Paul – The true economic impact of frac sand mining may fall short of industry claims promising sustained prosperity and economic opportunity, says a first-of-its-kind expert report to be released Wednesday, May 15. By using currently available economic data, The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand...

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin

Posted May 15, 2013

Energy, Environment, Rural Development

Executive Summary A new technology to extract oil and natural gas from geological formations that lack the porosity to allow the oil and natural gas to flow into drilled wells has dramatically increased oil and natural gas production in the United States. Horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing (“...

FDA ignores toxic arsenic in animal feed

Posted May 1, 2013

Food and Health, Food, Food safety, Health, Toxics

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2013 – Today attorneys at Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on behalf of CFS, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and seven other U.S. food safety, agriculture, public health, and environmental groups to compel FDA to respond to the groups’ three year-old...

April 2013

Arsenic complaint with exhibits filed

Posted April 30, 2013

Food and Health, Health, Toxics

 2013 lawsuit against the FDA filed by IATP, et al., concerning arsenic in animal feed. 

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...