Action Alert


Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!


The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.


TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.


Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to iatp.org/tradesecrets.

Document Library

Format: 2014

October 2012

Letter from FDA in response to Reps. Slaughter and Markey regarding antibiotic use in ethanol production

Posted October 4, 2012

Antibiotics, Energy, Health

 A response to Reps. Markey and Slaughter's May 2012 letter regarding FDA mandate to regulate antibiotics used in ethanol production. Download the document above or learn more from IATP's report, Bugs in the System.

Tiny, Scary, Unregulated

Posted October 1, 2012

Nanotechnology

Note: The September 28, 2012 episode of Radio Sustain also focuses on nanotechnology in agriculture and food, featuring an interview with IATP's Steve Suppan. Listen to the episode. Tiny It seems like the stuff of science fiction: the ability to manipulate matter atom by individual atom into new structures, some...

September 2012

Soil Carbon and the Offset Market: Practices, Players and Politics

Posted September 17, 2012

Carbon Markets, Markets

A summary version of this piece is available in another IATP publication, entitled A Climate-smart Idea? Understanding the Politics, Practices and Players of the Agricultural Soil Carbon Market. The arcane topic of soil carbon sequestration has become an item of significant political debate around the edges of the U.N...

Scarcity of micronutrients in soil, feed, food and mineral reserves

Posted September 4, 2012

Natural resources

Mineral scarcity poses global risk for agriculture and public health Large parts of the world's agricultural soils are deficient in minerals such as zinc. This limits food and feed production and leads to nutrient deficiency diseases in humans and livestock. In the coming decades, such minerals will probably become...

August 2012

A Climate-smart Idea?

Posted August 31, 2012

Agriculture, Carbon Markets, Markets

This piece is a summary of a longer, more in-depth piece by Doreen Stabinsky entitled Soil Carbon and the Offset Market: Practices, Players and Politics The World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are promoting “climate-smart agriculture” (CSA), which includes practices that...

Proposed Interpretive Guidance and Policy Statement ("Guidance"): Cross-Border Application of Certain Swaps Provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act

Posted August 28, 2012

Finance

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Secretary Mr. David Stawick on the Proposed Interpretive Guidance and Policy Statement ("Guidance"): Cross-Border Application of Certain Swaps Provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act(RIN 3038-AD57).

Join IATP in opposing unjust and discriminatory amendments

Posted August 13, 2012

Justice

Sign up to support and stay connected with IATP’s future work on these issues. August 13, 2012 Open letter to our friends and partners: On the ballot in November, Minnesotans will be faced with two constitutional amendments: one set to ban people of the same sex from marrying and the other set to prevent...

July 2012

West Broadway Coalition to lead North Minneapolis Mini Farmer Market Network

Posted July 30, 2012

Local Food, Mini Markets, Food

MINNEAPOLIS – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has selected the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) to serve as one of four organizations to assume leadership of IATP’s network of mini farmers markets in Minneapolis. WBC will lead a network of three mini farmers markets starting in...

Minnesota FoodShare program to lead Mini Farmers Market Network

Posted July 30, 2012

Local Food, Mini Markets, Food

MINNEAPOLIS – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has selected Minnesota FoodShare, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC), to serve as one of four organizations to assume leadership of IATP’s network of mini farmers markets in Minneapolis. Minnesota FoodShare...

IATP comment to FDA regarding draft guidance to industry on nanotechnology in food and food-contact surfaces

Posted July 25, 2012

Food and Health, Health, Nanotechnology

To: Office of Food Additive Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Re: Docket number: FDA-2011-D-0490 “[Draft] Guidance for Industry:  Assessing the Effects of Significant Manufacturing Process Changes, Including Emerging Technologies, On the Safety and Regulatory Status of Food Ingredients and...

Comment in response to petition to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for exemptive relief regarding “Aggregation, Position Limits for Futures and Swaps,”

Posted July 18, 2012

Agriculture, Finance, Markets, Commodities

IATP is grateful for the opportunity to share its views on questions posed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as it considers how to respond to the Commercial Energy Working Group (“Working Group”) petition for an exemption from the Part 151 rule regarding positions limits that requires...

Grain Reserves and the Food Price Crisis: Selected Writings from 2008-2012

Posted July 16, 2012

Agriculture, Drought, Markets, Food Reserves, Food security

Foreword IATP is pleased to present this reader of recent writings on grain reserves. Storing food in times of plenty for use in times of scarcity is a prehistoric idea that still has relevance and importance today. In 2009, IATP decided to renew and refocus its work on grain reserves in light of the 2007-08 food...

Comment in response to proposed Reestablishment of the charter of the Agricultural Advisory Committee (FR Doc No: 2012-16006)

Posted July 13, 2012

Agriculture, Markets, Climate Change

David Stawick Secretary Commodity Futures Trading Commission Comment in response to proposed Reestablishment of the charter of the Agricultural Advisory Committee (FR Doc No: 2012-16006) Steve Suppan, ssuppan@iatp.org Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) July 13, 2012 Dear Mr. Stawick, The Institute for...

June 2012

Freshest for the youngest: Minnesota launch of Farm to Child Care pilot to serve as national model

Posted June 22, 2012

Local Food, Food and Health, Farm to Childcare, Food, Health

MINNEAPOLIS – A new partnership between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and child-care provider New Horizon Academy (NHA) is delivering fresh, local foods from Minnesota farms to child-care centers around the state. Beginning this month, 13 New Horizon child-care sites located in the Twin...

Farm to Child Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Connecting Young Children with Local Foods and Farmers

Posted June 18, 2012

Local Food, Food and Health, Food, Health

Introduction Across the United States, interest in locally grown food has skyrocketed over the past ten years. Procurement of local and regionally grown foods by colleges, hospitals, retailers and other large buyers has dramatically increased, while farmers markets and other “direct market” channels are...

IATP June 6, 2012 letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar on Farm Bill amendments

Posted June 8, 2012

Food and Health, Agriculture, Climate, Climate Change, Farm Bill, Justice, Rural Development

June 6, 2012 Dear Senator Klobuchar, As an organization that has been working for fair and sustainable farm policy for over 25 years, we thank you for your work on the Farm Bill in the Agriculture Committee. As you know, there will be numerous amendments proposed to the Farm Bill on the Senate floor in the next few...

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...