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.

Press Releases

July 2014

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

Posted July 24, 2014

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...

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

Posted July 14, 2014

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...

June 2014

Morris citizens to discuss responses to extreme weather in first Rural Climate Dialogue, June 12–14

Posted June 9, 2014

A “Citizen Jury” will come together June 12–14 in Morris, Minn. for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns, extreme weather events, and their community. This “Rural Climate...

March 2014

New Farm to School curriculum puts high school students in charge of tapping into healthy, local foods

Posted March 4, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – The new Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum released today connects high school students with local foods and farmers, while giving them a leadership role in developing their school’s Farm to School program. The first of its type, the curriculum was developed for 11th ...

February 2014

Change in grain policy signals China’s intent to boost meat production

Posted February 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – China’s announcement last week to relinquish its historic grain self-sufficiency policy signals a major boost to the country’s meat, dairy and feed sectors as Chinese companies go global. China’s transition to an industrial, resource-intensive model of livestock...

November 2013

Farmer, rancher and consumer groups celebrate new “COOL” Thanksgiving as improved food labels take effect this week

Posted November 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Following the recent implementation of new country-of-origin labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products, 15 farmer, rancher and consumer groups issued the following statement: “As families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a...

October 2013

FDA to withdraw approvals of arsenic in animal feed

Posted October 1, 2013

October 1st, 2013, Washington, DC —Late yesterday, under threat of a lawsuit, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to a nearly four-year-old petition, calling for the immediate withdrawal of the vast majority of arsenic-containing compounds used as feed additives for chickens, turkeys and hogs....

August 2013

Minnesota schools set to expand fresh, local offerings during Farm to School Month

Posted August 30, 2013

Minneapolis – With another school year set to begin, exciting things are in store for school cafeterias. September is Farm to School Month in Minnesota, designed to highlight partnerships between school districts and local farmers that bring fresh, local food to K-12 students and children in childcare. Weekly...

Tax dollars subsidizing destruction of Upper Mississippi River

Posted August 13, 2013

Minneapolis  –  The locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River have significantly damaged—and continue to degrade—the Mississippi River. This infrastructure is the most heavily subsidized of all the private transportation industries and it is one of the most environmentally damaging...

June 2013

Trade deal to undermine health, environmental standards

Posted June 26, 2013

Closed-door trade negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), set to begin July 8, could significantly lower health and environmental protections as EU and U.S. negotiators work to “harmonize” standards as part of the agreement. A group of 34 family farm, consumer, faith,...