Press Releases

November 2015

New report challenges food safety and animal health standards in TPP trade agreement

Posted November 12, 2015

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released an analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which deals with the regulatory standards intended to protect food safety and animal health. The TPP SPS chapter is...

TPP released: Multinationals win, farmers, consumers and the environment lose

Posted November 5, 2015

Minneapolis/Washington D.C.– After six years of negotiations behind closed doors, the 12 governments that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have finally made their agreement public—and the news is not good. The lengthy, 30 chapter agreement, plus important fine-print annexes written in trade law...

October 2015

Controversial Trade Deal Criticized for Secrecy, Benefiting only Multinationals

Posted October 5, 2015

Minneapolis/Washington D.C.–After years of negotiations behind closed doors, it appears that the 12 countries that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership have reached a deal. While the details remain secret, the new trade rules could have serious impacts on farmers and ranchers, consumer labeling, farm to school...

September 2015

More than 350 organizations from around the world oppose greenwashing and false solutions of ‘Climate Smart Agriculture'

Posted September 21, 2015

Minneapolis–One year after the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), more than 350 civil society organizations from around the world, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), rejected the ill-defined agenda of the Alliance as an empty marketing slogan,...

August 2015

Farmers lack information on seed treatments found to harm pollinators, new paper

Posted August 5, 2015

Minneapolis– The effectiveness and costs of pesticide seed coatings are not being made clear to farmers, according to a new paper by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Over the last decade, a small handful of seed companies often require or add neonicotinoid (neonic) seed coatings, particularly for...

June 2015

Fast Track sets stage for showdown on free trade

Posted June 24, 2015

Washington D.C.–Following an intense lobbying campaign, the Senate today caved in to demands from the Obama administration and GOP leadership and gave Trade Promotion Authority six years of life support. Better known as Fast Track, this legislation means that Congress has forfeited its right to amend any...

Fast Track stalls in the House

Posted June 11, 2015

Washington D.C.–Following months of intense public opposition to Fast Track, the House of Representatives today defied the Obama administration’s trade promotion package. The debate over Fast Track blurred party lines. “It took real courage for those Democrats and Republicans who stood up to the...

G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups

Posted June 3, 2015

Minneapolis–Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. On the same day, a coalition of a hundred farmers organisations, social...

April 2015

Fast Track bill undermines democracy, promotes secret mega-trade deals

Posted April 16, 2015

Minneapolis–Congress should reject a new bill that would grant the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), known as Fast Track. It would speed passage of two huge secret trade deals that would negatively impact farmers and ranchers, jobs, natural resources and our democracy, said the Institute for Agriculture...

Fast Track a Bad Deal for Farmers and Our Food System, 110+ groups say

Posted April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Over 110 farm, food and consumer groups urged members of Congress in a letter today to oppose trade promotion authority or “fast track” legislation that would pave the way for trade agreements detrimental to farmers, ranchers and food systems, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (...