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Format: 2017

September 2014

An open letter to the European Commission US-EU trade negotiators

Posted September 3, 2014

Free trade agenda, Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements

RE: The safety of Europe’s food is under threat in US-EU trade talks Dear Commissioner De Gucht, Cc. EC Spokesman Mr. Valero-Ladrón, We are writing to respond to claims by the European Commission (EC) that there is “no contradiction” in the US-EU trade talks with the “enforcement of high...

August 2014

Whose Century Is It?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Food and the “21st-Century Trade Agreement”

Posted August 27, 2014

Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements, Globalization

The future of trade deals? In the final year of the George W. Bush presidency, the U.S. entered into negotiations to establish a gargantuan new trade deal. The negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently involve 12 countries—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico...

Tar Sands: How Trade Rules Surrender Sovereignty and Extend Corporate Rights

Posted August 21, 2014

Tar Sands, Climate Change, Energy, Environment

Introduction Neoliberalism exacerbates climate change and codifies the subjugation of indigenous communities through trade agreement rules that allow corporations to control natural resources and challenge government regulations. Liberalized trade and economic regimes promote policies that incentivize unrestricted...

Maine Agriculture and Food Systems in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Posted August 15, 2014

Free trade agenda, TTIP, Free trade agreements

Executive Summary The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began with a series of bold assertions that it would serve to jump start the two ailing economies, resulting in rising economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic. Tariffs are already quite low. The...

Leaked CETA draft text, August 2014

Posted August 13, 2014

Free trade agenda, Trade, Free trade agreements

Leaked CETA draft text, release August 13, 2014.  Download the full document.

Scientist call for diversity on NAS GMO panel

Posted August 7, 2014

Gender, GMO

A group of 64 scientists raised concerns over the panel selected by the National Academy of Sciences for its new study on genetically engineered crops, arguing that the group “does not contain the necessary expertise required” to fully answer the questions at hand. The panel put together for the study, entitled "...

From GMO to SMO: how synthetic biology evades regulation

Posted August 7, 2014

Food, GMO

Products derived from synthetic biology (popularly called synbio), a rapidly growing new technology, are beginning to enter the marketplace without a regulatory framework in place that provides for pre-market safety assessment of its unique risks to health and the environment. In the very near future, a host of food...

Putting meaning back into “sustainable intensification”

Posted August 1, 2014

Agriculture, Agroecology, Food security

Abstract In light of human population growth, global food security is an escalating concern. To meet increasing demand for food, leading scientists have called for “sustainable intensification”, defined as the process of enhancing agricultural yields with minimal environmental impact and without expanding...

July 2014

Leaked document reveals US-EU trade agreement threatens public health, food safety

Posted July 24, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

WASHINGTON D.C. – A draft chapter of the U.S-EU trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis. The leaked chapter concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues—those...

Analysis of the draft Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues (proposed by the European Commission, as of June 27, 2014)

Posted July 23, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

Trade agreements have a profound influence on how regulations to protect public health and how we produce food are developed, implemented and enforced or not enforced. U.S. and EU food safety regulations in the U.S. and the EU often set the bar for such standards around the world. There is much at stake in the wording...

TTIP – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues – Draft SPS chapter

Posted July 23, 2014

Trade, TTIP, Food safety, Free trade agreements

 Leaked draft TTIP chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues.  Download full document.

A Farmer and Landowner Guide to Pollinators and Neonicotinoids

Posted July 17, 2014

Agricultural Technology, Agriculture, Environment

Pollinators are essential to the environment and our food supply. Nearly one out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat relies on a pollinator, and they have been shown to boost crop yield and quality, providing clear economic benefits to farmers. Most people know that bees are pollinators, but there are many others,...

Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package

Posted July 15, 2014

Local Food, Food and Health, Farm to Childcare, Farm to Institution, Education, Sustainable Agriculture

Inside this curriculum package, you will find activity ideas and resources for implementing Farm to Childcare at your  childcare center. Many of these resources are ready to use, while some are examples that offer opportunities for you to customize to your own context. Lesson planning charts are provided to help...

Farm to Childcare: Highlights and Lessons Learned

Posted July 15, 2014

Local Food, Agriculture, Farm to Childcare, Education, Food

Introduction: About our Experience with Farm to Childcare In late 2011, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began exploring a potential collaboration with New Horizon Academy (NHA), a for-profit childcare provider, to jointly design and conduct a pilot Farm to Childcare (F2CC) program in Minnesota....

New Farm to Childcare curriculum connects youngest eaters with fresh local fruits and vegetables

Posted July 14, 2014

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

Minneapolis – The new Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package released today gives childcare providers a roadmap to start their own Farm to Childcare programs in order to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the farmers who grow them. The curriculum was developed for...