Press Releases

November 2010

UN Advisory Group on Climate Finance report falls flat

Posted November 4, 2010

A new report on climate change financing options released today by a U.N. Advisory Group unwisely emphasizes carbon markets and other private finance options, while irresponsibly advocating an increased role for multilateral development banks (MDBs). Despite concluding that public sources of climate finance are...

October 2010

IATP applauds Stonyfield Farm's purchase of Working Landscapes Certificates

Posted October 12, 2010

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) applauds Stonyfield Farm’s decision to purchase Working Landscapes Certificates (WLC)—a program that rewards farmers by linking sustainable corn production with bioplastics. The adoption of the WLC program by Stonyfield, the world...

Climate finance can’t afford carbon markets

Posted October 4, 2010

Tianjin, China – A high-level advisory group to the United Nations will outline its draft proposals this week for financing efforts to combat global climate change. Carbon emissions markets are expected to be central in their recommendations. But carbon market prices would likely be too volatile to provide a...

September 2010

Special UN Food and Agriculture meeting should put food reserves on the table

Posted September 22, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS/GENEVA – When the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) holds a special meeting on increasing volatility in agriculture prices on Friday in Rome, governments should consider the establishment of food reserves to help stabilize the marketplace, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade...

Minnesota school districts to showcase local food and farmers during Farm to School Week

Posted September 12, 2010

Minneapolis – Schools throughout Minnesota will showcase fresh, locally grown foods and their relationships with nearby farmers during the first annual Farm to School Week. Farm to School Week, which runs from September 20–24, is designed to increase awareness about the multiple benefits of rapidly...

August 2010

Innovative Program Provides Incentive for Low-Income Minnesotans to Shop at Three Minneapolis Farmers Markets, Eat Healthy

Posted August 16, 2010

[MINNEAPOLIS] Recipients of food assistance can now use their EBT cards to purchase affordable, healthy and tasty food at the Midtown, Minneapolis, and Northeast Farmers Markets in Minneapolis. These markets will also encourage EBT users to eat well by offering an incentive—Market Bucks coupons, which will match...

July 2010

Time for health professionals to get active on food and farm policy

Posted July 27, 2010

Minneapolis – Health professionals are on the front lines of America’s broken food system, linked to the current obesity epidemic as well as a surge in related, costly diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. While the health community sees the downstream impacts of the food system...

Midwest Rural Assembly to bring together community and government leaders

Posted July 26, 2010

Minneapolis – Rural community leaders and government officials will gather at the 2010 Midwest Rural Assembly (MRA) to exchange ideas and strategies for rural prosperity. The MRA will be held on August 16–17 in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Along with rural community leaders from throughout the region,...

Mini farmers markets expand to bring local produce to Minneapolis neighborhoods

Posted July 25, 2010

Minneapolis – The number of mini farmers markets that provide fresh, local produce to Minneapolis neighborhoods has more than tripled in the past two years, announced the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) today. Located primarily in Minneapolis neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods,...

Wall Street reform bill signed today will limit excessive speculation in agriculture

Posted July 20, 2010

Minneapolis – The Wall Street reform bill signed today by President Obama will severely restrict excessive speculation on agriculture commodity futures markets that has harmed U.S. farmers and countries battling hunger, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). “This landmark bill is a first...