Document Library

Format: 2015

August 2013

U.S. Farm Politics and the Common Agricultural Policy

Posted August 16, 2013

Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), Farm Bill

An article published in December of 1987 by the Catholic Institute for International Relations of the need for the European Commission to take into account potential U.S. policy options in order to successfully reform the Common Agricultural Policy.

Sustainability Criteria, Biofuel Policy and Trade Rules

Posted August 14, 2013

Trade, Energy

Introduction Biofuels, the programs that support them, and the impacts of these policies on climate, environment and society have been subject to some of the most intense scrutiny of any areas of public policy in recent years. Public support for biofuels production has generated considerable controversy for a variety...

Tax dollars subsidizing destruction of Upper Mississippi River

Posted August 13, 2013


Minneapolis  –  The locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River have significantly damaged—and continue to degrade—the Mississippi River. This infrastructure is the most heavily subsidized of all the private transportation industries and it is one of the most environmentally damaging...

The Villarceaux Declaration

Posted August 8, 2013


The following is a declaration presenting the work done by young food professionals from 24 European countries in a week-long Eating City Summer Campus at La Bergerie de Villarceaux, France. It is an outcome of discussions, presentations, working groups and general conversation.   All of us agreed on the strong...

July 2013

Understanding Dumping: How U.S. crop prices hurt the world's farmers

Posted July 18, 2013

Food security, Free trade agreements

Introduction to the impact of dumping below cost of production U.S. commodities on farmers in the developing world.

Letter on cross-border OTC derivatives regulation

Posted July 17, 2013

Finance, Market speculation

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concern at the lack of progress in developing workable cross-border rules as part of reforms of the OTC derivatives market. We are already starting to see evidence of fragmentation in this vitally important financial market, as a result of lack of regulatory coordination...

Chemicals and Obesity

Posted July 8, 2013

Food and Health, Health, Obesity

While diet and exercise are important factors in the obesity epidemic, an emerging body of science demonstrates that exposures to chemical obesogens may be important contributors. A number of chemicals known to disrupt hormones also appear to affect the size and number of fat cells or hormones that regulate appetite...

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 (“...