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.
Posted October 1, 2012
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.
It seems like the stuff of science fiction: the ability to manipulate matter atom by individual atom into new structures, some...
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...
Posted September 4, 2012
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...
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...
Posted August 28, 2012
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).
Posted August 13, 2012
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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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Posted July 16, 2012
Agriculture, Drought, Markets, Food Reserves, Food security
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...
Posted July 13, 2012
Agriculture, Markets, Climate Change
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, email@example.com
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
July 13, 2012
Dear Mr. Stawick,
The Institute for...
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...
Posted June 18, 2012
Local Food, Food and Health, Food, Health
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...
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...
Posted June 1, 2012
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
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...