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June 2012

Freshest for the youngest: Minnesota launch of Farm to Child Care pilot to serve as national model

Posted June 22, 2012

Local Food, Food and Health, Farm to Childcare, Food, Health

MINNEAPOLIS – A new partnership between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and child-care provider New Horizon Academy (NHA) is delivering fresh, local foods from Minnesota farms to child-care centers around the state. Beginning this month, 13 New Horizon child-care sites located in the Twin...

Farm to Child Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Connecting Young Children with Local Foods and Farmers

Posted June 18, 2012

Local Food, Food and Health, Food, Health

Introduction Across the United States, interest in locally grown food has skyrocketed over the past ten years. Procurement of local and regionally grown foods by colleges, hospitals, retailers and other large buyers has dramatically increased, while farmers markets and other “direct market” channels are...

IATP June 6, 2012 letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar on Farm Bill amendments

Posted June 8, 2012

Food and Health, Agriculture, Climate, Climate Change, Farm Bill, Justice, Rural Development

June 6, 2012 Dear Senator Klobuchar, As an organization that has been working for fair and sustainable farm policy for over 25 years, we thank you for your work on the Farm Bill in the Agriculture Committee. As you know, there will be numerous amendments proposed to the Farm Bill on the Senate floor in the next few...

National sign-on letter in support of Packer Livestock Ban

Posted June 1, 2012

Farm Bill

United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senator: The 108 undersigned organizations are writing to strongly urge you to support an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill to ban packer ownership of livestock. Senator Grassley (R-IA) intends to introduce the amendment on the Senate Floor during the Farm Bill...

May 2012

Letter to the manager of Excelsior Boulevard Chipotle

Posted May 30, 2012

Food Justice, Food, Justice

  May 30, 2012 Chipotle 3040 Excelsior Boulevard Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416 Dear Manager of the Excelsior Boulevard Chipotle: We are a group of organizations that advocate for healthy food systems and the fair treatment of all people working in the food system. As individuals, many of us enjoy eating at...

Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology Survey 2012

Posted May 24, 2012

GMO, Labeling, Sustainable Agriculture

The IFIC 2012 "Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology" Survey explores U.S. consumers’ perceptions of various aspects of plant and animal biotechnology, as well as sustainability and new and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. Formerly the "IFIC Survey of Consumer Attitudinal Trends...

Making Public Agricultural Research Work for the Public: Research and the Farm Bill

Posted May 21, 2012

Agriculture, Research, Farm Bill

The importance of the Farm Bill’s Research title is hard to overstate. It may not have a direct impact on people’s lives as the food assistance programs and farm programs do, but it is a crucial driver in the long-term direction of U.S. agriculture. Its impact goes far beyond the USDA research institutions...

Planting for the Future: Health and the Farm Bill

Posted May 15, 2012

Food and Health, Farm Bill, Food

In the U.S., and increasingly around the world, it’s very easy for consumers to find high-calorie, high-sugar, nutrient-poor foods, including sugar sweetened drinks, fast foods and highly processed snack foods. This food environment is one where such foods are aggressively marketed, easily accessible and often...

IATP featured in HBO series on obesity epidemic

Posted May 14, 2012

Food and Health, Health, Obesity

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s (IATP) Dr. David Wallinga is featured in a new HBO multi-movie series on the nation’s obesity epidemic and the systemic drivers of it. Dr. Wallinga joins other experts in public health, health policy and obesity prevention research to discuss an issue that...

IATP applauds lawmakers’ call to FDA for action on antibiotics in ethanol production

Posted May 11, 2012

Food and Health, Antibiotics, Health

Just 10 days after the release of IATP’s latest report, Bugs in the System: How the FDA Fails to Regulate Antibiotics in Ethanol Production, Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) have written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask hard questions about whether the...

Letter from Reps. Markey, Slaughter to FDA supporting action on antibiotics in ethanol production

Posted May 11, 2012

Food and Health, Antibiotics, Health

May 11, 2012 Dear Commissioner Hamburg: We write out of concern that the use of antibiotics in com-based livestock feed may be contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and subverting the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) efforts to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics in food-animal...

International Standards for Trade in Nano-coated Produce?

Posted May 8, 2012

Food, Globalization, Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology-based food and health products and food packaging materials are available to consumers in some countries already, and additional products and applications are currently in the research and development stage, and some may reach the market soon. In view of such progress, it is expected that nanotechnology...

Sustained pressure by nonprofits forces change in FDA nanotech policy

Posted May 4, 2012

Food safety, Nanotechnology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight—Center for Food Safety (CFS), Friends of the Earth (FoE), Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)and the International Center for Technology Assessment—issued a statement responding to recent steps...

Senate Agriculture Committee falls short on the Farm Bill

Posted May 3, 2012

Agriculture, Farm Bill, Food

MINNEAPOLIS – The Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week makes $23 billion in cuts to critical programs including those for Americans struggling to put food on the table, farmers employing conservation practices and rural communities, said the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy...

FDA, ethanol industry ignore regulations and allow unnecessary antibiotics in ethanol production

Posted May 1, 2012

Antibiotics, Energy, Health, Rural Development

MINNEAPOLIS – Despite federal regulations to the contrary, unapproved antibiotics used in ethanol production are ending up in animal feed. As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to enforce its own ruling on the matter, drug companies and ethanol producers are knowingly taking advantage, skirting the...