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April 2012

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...

Food Security: A G20 Priority

Posted April 25, 2012

Food security

INTRODUCTION    Ever since the so-called 2008 “food crisis” occurred, the agricultural and fisheries sectors became relevant to the G20 discussions1 due to several countries' increased interest in adopting measures to address agricultural product price volatility and increase food security,...

IATP Comments on HLPE v0 Food Security and Climate Change

Posted April 24, 2012

Agriculture, Climate, Climate Change, Food security

We welcome the draft report and thank the HLPE for this opportunity to comment on the first draft. It is important that the HLPE has been asked by the CFS to support work on climate change. The CFS has an important role to play in development of policy options and actions to be taken with regard to climate change...

Enough to Eat: Food Assistance and the Farm Bill

Posted April 23, 2012

Food Justice, Farm Bill, Food

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program) is the nation’s largest and most important food assistance program. The original Food Stamp program was created to provide both a new market for farmers’ surplus crops and relief for Americans living in poverty....

Sign-on letter from civil society to UNCTAD XIII: Strengthen, don’t weaken, UNCTAD’s role in global governance

Posted April 23, 2012

Food security, Global Governance, United Nations

Since the onset of the global financial and economic crises, UNCTAD has played an important role in identifying the key causes of the crises, assisting developing countries in seeking solutions to the impacts of the crises, and advocating for the reform of global economic and finance policies and governance in order...

Letter to Senate Agriculture Committee urging support for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers in the 2012 Farm Bill

Posted April 20, 2012

Agriculture, Farm Bill

 Dear Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts: We are writing to urge you to include two key programs that are part of a comprehensive package directed at supporting the next generation of family farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource producers in the mark...

Letter to the High-level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition regarding the  HLPE  draft  report  on  climate  change  

Posted April 19, 2012

Climate Change, Food security

Dear Members of the HLPE, We are prompted to write by the zero draft of the HLPE report on food security and climate change. We are pleased the HLPE took up this vital issue, and appreciate the work that has gone into the draft. A number of our organizations have submitted more detailed comments separately. This...

2012 Working Landscapes Certificate Information

Posted April 13, 2012

Agriculture, Environment, Rural Development, Working Landscapes

Introduction The Working Landscapes Certificate (WLC) program was created by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to promote more sustainable agricultural production for emerging biomaterials sectors, including the bioplastics industry. With the current infrastructure challenges associated with...

Global Agricultural Policy in an Age of Land Grabs

Posted April 12, 2012

Agriculture, Globalization, Land Grab

LONDON, MAR. 5, 2012 – Last year, I was invited to speak on a panel at the European Parliament with Professor Lang to provide some international perspective for a discussion they were having about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. I was specifically asked to comment on how the issues and proposals...

Critical homegrown energy programs at risk in 2012 Farm Bill

Posted April 11, 2012

Agriculture, Bioeconomy, Energy, Farm Bill, Rural Development

MINNEAPOLIS – A diverse coalition of 123 national and Minnesota organizations sent letters to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leadership urging them to preserve and fund Farm Bill energy programs that are critical for national security, the environment, and rural economies. These programs help advance...

Study links autism with industrial food, environment

Posted April 11, 2012

Environment, Food, Health

Minneapolis — The epidemic of autism in children in the United States may be linked to the typical American diet according to a new study published online in Clinical Epigenetics by Renee Dufault, et. al. The study explores how mineral deficiencies—affected by dietary factors like high fructose corn syrup...

Farm Bill Energy Title Support Letter

Posted April 10, 2012

Energy, Farm Bill

A letter sent by a national coalition of organizations to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leadership urging them to preserve and fund Farm Bill energy programs that are critical for national security, the environment, and rural economies. These programs help advance renewable biomass crops, increase...

Minnesota Organizational Sign-on Letter for Support of Core Energy Title Programs

Posted April 10, 2012


A letter sent by a coalition of Minnesota organizations sent to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leadership urging them to preserve and fund Farm Bill energy programs that are critical for national security, the environment, and rural economies. These programs help advance renewable biomass...

Exporting Obesity

Posted April 5, 2012

Food and Health, Agriculture, Globalization, Health

Obesity trends Public health experts no longer accept that the obesity epidemic can be explained solely as the outcome of poor individual choices. They understand, rather, that the food environments or food “defaults” surrounding people constrain the actual choices people are likely to make, i.e., the...

U.S. exports obesity epidemic to Mexico, says new study

Posted April 5, 2012

Food and Health, Agriculture, Food, Globalization, NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement

MINNEAPOLIS – Trade liberalization policies that loosened rules to the benefit of agribusiness and food companies may be partly responsible for epidemic obesity and declining public health throughout Mexico as more low-quality, calorie-dense foods are imported from the United States, according to a new study...

FDA misses the mark on BPA

Posted April 4, 2012

Food and Health, Healthy Legacy, Health, Toxics

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis—Dr. David Wallinga, MD, senior advisor for science, food and health at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), issued this statement following the release of today’s decision by the FDA not to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging. “The...