Posted December 10, 2013
Agriculture, Agrodemocracy, Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture
Strong feedback between global biodiversity loss and persistent, extreme rural poverty are major challenges in the face of concurrent food, energy, and environmental crises. This paper examines the role of industrial agricultural intensification and market integration as exogenous socio-ecological drivers of...
Posted December 3, 2013
Food and Health, Healthy Legacy, Autism, Environment, Health
Autism is one of a growing number of developmental and learning disabilities that now affect 1 in 6 children.1 Autism is distinctive among these disabilities for its devastating effects on individuals and families, its astronomical costs to society and families and for its disturbing and unexplained...
Posted November 27, 2013
Food security, World Trade Organization (WTO)
November 26, 2013
Dear Ambassador Froman,
We write to express our dismay at U.S. opposition to proposals at the World Trade Organization (WTO) by developing countries to address their food security objectives, including reducing volatility in food prices and supplies. We urge you to support the G33’s proposal to...
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...