Press Releases

January 2011

Health leaders call for healthy Farm Bill

Posted January 7, 2011

Minneapolis – U.S. health professionals are calling on new leadership in Congress to make health a priority in writing the next Farm Bill. National health leaders, including Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Marion Nestle, have signed onto a “Charter for a Healthy Farm Bill.” (See the full list of signatories at...

December 2010

Empty global climate deal leaves agriculture behind

Posted December 11, 2010

cancÚn, Mexico – A watered-down United Nations climate deal reached early this morning missed another opportunity to support climate-resilient agriculture and global food security, according to the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Overall, the agreement represents a step back...

November 2010

Governments at Cancún climate talks need to support local solutions

Posted November 29, 2010

cancÚn, Mexico – Governments attending the global climate talks in Cancún, which begin today, need to abandon loophole-ridden carbon markets and support bottom-up climate solutions that integrate equity, food security and democratic participation, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)....

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 5, 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 17, 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...