Press Releases

April 2012

FDA misses the mark on BPA

Posted April 4, 2012

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...

March 2012

Over a half million students statewide offered farm-fresh, local food last year

Posted March 16, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Schools serving over 558,000 students—or more than 68 percent of the state’s K-12 student population—are now engaged in Farm to School according to a pair of surveys released today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the Minnesota School Nutrition...

February 2012

New study highlights need to regulate arsenic in food

Posted February 16, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor for science, food and health at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), issued this statement following the release of a new study published online from Environmental Health Perspectives which found arsenic in infant formula and cereal...

January 2012

Minnesota businesses plan for future in green chemistry

Posted January 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Over 200 business owners, entrepreneurs and green chemistry advocates will come together for the second annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference tomorrow, co-hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Science, Technology and...

FDA finally acts to ban unapproved use in food animals of critical human antibiotics

Posted January 5, 2012

Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) today applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prohibiting some off-label or “extralabel” use of cephalosporin antibiotics in food-producing animals, more than three years after that order was first issued but withdrawn. At the same time, KAW renewed its calls...

November 2011

Civil society calls on African negotiators to reject carbon markets for agriculture

Posted November 29, 2011

  Durban, South Africa (November 28, 2011) – Over 100 civil society organizations from Africa and around the world sent a letter earlier this week to African negotiators attending the UN global climate talks in Durban, calling for them to reject efforts to place agricultural soils within a carbon market....

Talking turkey: Stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and…arsenic?

Posted November 22, 2011

Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving, but most will be blissfully unaware of what their turkey may have eaten—arsenic. Arsenic-containing compounds have been added to animal feeds since the 1940s, including in turkey, chicken and swine production...

Talking turkey: Stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and…arsenic?

Posted November 22, 2011

Washington, D.C., November 22 – Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving, but most will be blissfully unaware of what their turkey may have eaten—arsenic. Arsenic-containing compounds have been added to animal feeds since the 1940s, including in...

Crop insurance expansion without climate adaptation poses risks for farmers and taxpayers, new report finds

Posted November 16, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS – Recent Farm Bill proposals to expand crop insurance for U.S. farmers have failed to acknowledge threats to agriculture from climate change, finds a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In their report, “A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance in the Face of...

October 2011

Weak CFTC position-limit rule ineffective, unsound says IATP

Posted October 18, 2011

Today’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)  3-2 vote to pass a weak position-limit rule will not suffice to prevent excessive speculation that has roiled commodity prices since at least 2006, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). A position-limit rule puts a ceiling on...