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June 2012

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...

Bugs in the System

Posted May 1, 2012

Food and Health, Antibiotics, Energy, Health, Rural Development

Executive summary Basic microbiology and the principle of natural selection dictate that antibiotic use will tend to spur bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. This fact underlays growing concern about the public health effects of the 29 million pounds of antibiotics sold annually for animal agriculture,...

April 2012

Letter to USDA Opposing 2,4-D GMO corn

Posted April 27, 2012

Food safety, GMO

SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY   Docket No. APHIS-2010-0103 Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD APHIS, Station 3A-03.8 4700 River Road Unit 118 Riverdale, MD 20737-1238   Re: Docket No. APHIS-2010-0103 (Petitions, Plant Pest Risk Assessments, and Environmental Assessments; Availability: Dow AgroSciences, LLC...

This Land, Our Land: Rural Development, Energy and Conservation in the Farm Bill

Posted April 26, 2012

Energy, Farm Bill, Rural Development

Rural America makes up only 16 percent of the U.S. population, but 90 percent of the land.1 Most of the resources we depend upon—food, water, energy, fiber and minerals—are either derived from or heavily impacted by rural land use, and stewarded by rural community members. These resources are imperative to...

Working Landscapes Certificate

Posted April 25, 2012

Agriculture, Rural Development, Working Landscapes

Embracing the latest technologies, diversifying their operation and pioneering new markets are just part of life today for Angela and Kerry Knuth, who farm more than 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans near Mead, Nebraska. Over the past decade, Kerry and Angela have used software and computers to track the true costs of...

April 24, 2012 Letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar regarding Farm Bill mark up

Posted April 25, 2012

Local Food, Food and Health, Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Farm Bill

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar 302 Hart Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   April 24, 2012 Dear Senator Klobuchar, In the lead-up to this year’s Farm Bill, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has been repeatedly grateful for the strong support you’ve given...

Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization

Posted April 25, 2012

Farm Bill

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) seek to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. As Congress debates ways to address the federal government’s long-term fiscal imbalance, it...