Posted November 26, 2013
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...
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.
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...
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 (...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Posted September 1, 2013
Posted September 1, 2013
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...
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.
Posted August 14, 2013
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...