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November 2013

Farmer, rancher and consumer groups celebrate new “COOL” Thanksgiving as improved food labels take effect this week

Posted November 26, 2013

Food, Labeling

WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Following the recent implementation of new country-of-origin labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products, 15 farmer, rancher and consumer groups issued the following statement: “As families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a...

October 2013

Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market

Posted October 23, 2013

Local Food, Finance, Trade, Food safety, Free trade agreements, Toxics

Download Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market or read the executive summary below. Executive summary  Still reeling from the devastation of the global financial crisis, the EU and U.S have embarked on an ambitious set of trade talks for a Transatlantic Trade and...

Scaling Up Agroecology

Posted October 9, 2013

Agriculture, Agroecology, Environment, Food, Globalization

If there was a silver lining in the disastrous 2007–2008 food price crisis, it was that it prompted governments and international donors to re-examine their priorities for agricultural development. They committed to invest in agriculture and food security in a manner that prioritizes small-scale producers (...

EU-US trade deal: A bumper crop for "big food"?

Posted October 9, 2013

Agribusiness, Food, Free trade agreements

The drive for "regulatory coherence" in the transatlantic trade talks risks pushing food and farming standards down in the U.S. and EU. Big food and biotech companies are pushing to eliminate EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) foods and food additives, challenge food labelling laws...

Sustainable, equitable and viable food systems: Civil society messages for the International Year of Family Farming and beyond

Posted October 7, 2013

Agriculture, Food security, Sustainable Agriculture, Water

Wednesday 9th October, 12:30–2:00 p.m., at the 40th Session of the FAO Committee on World Food Security, FAO Headquarters, Rome This side event will give examples and characteristics of sustainable, equitable and viable food systems, including crop and livestock production. Examples and experiences from...

FDA to withdraw approvals of arsenic in animal feed

Posted October 1, 2013

Agriculture, Antibiotics, Food

October 1st, 2013, Washington, DC —Late yesterday, under threat of a lawsuit, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to a nearly four-year-old petition, calling for the immediate withdrawal of the vast majority of arsenic-containing compounds used as feed additives for chickens, turkeys and hogs....

September 2013

Vital new Toolkit from ARC2020 on CAP reform and Rural Development

Posted September 25, 2013

Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)

A vital and timely new Toolkit on the Common Agriculture Policy and Rural Development in the EU has been released by the ARC2020 team. With political agreement on remaining CAP issues reached between the European Parliament, the EU Council of Ministers and the European Commission Tuesday evening, before further urgent...

From Dumping to Volatility: The Lessons of Trade Liberalization for Agriculture

Posted September 19, 2013

Agriculture, Trade, Free trade agreements, United Nations

This piece is an IATP commentary originally published in the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013. The weakening of agricultural, financial and trade rules has contributed significantly to increased volatility and corporate concentration in agricultural markets. This increased volatility is harmful to long-term...

Agriculture on the Road to Bali

Posted September 10, 2013

Agriculture, World Trade Organization (WTO)

There are several proposals on the WTO’s agricultural negotiations table, but the dominant discussion ahead of December’s Bali Ministerial Conference is the November 2012 proposal put forward by 46 countries under the auspices of the G-33. The G-33 is a group of developing countries united by primarily...

Enbridge Phase 2 Certificate of Need

Posted September 1, 2013


August 2013

Minnesota schools set to expand fresh, local offerings during Farm to School Month

Posted August 30, 2013

Local Food, Agriculture, Food

Minneapolis – With another school year set to begin, exciting things are in store for school cafeterias. September is Farm to School Month in Minnesota, designed to highlight partnerships between school districts and local farmers that bring fresh, local food to K-12 students and children in childcare. Weekly...

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...