Reports

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Farmer-Focused Report

Published December 12, 2013

Executive Summary There is ample evidence that hospitals throughout the north central region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin—are interested in buying food and beverages produced by sustainable farmers/producers (see...

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Hospital-Focused Report

Published December 12, 2013

Executive Summary Key lessons learned The 1,493 community hospitals and VA hospitals/medical centers in the north central U.S.—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin—spend an estimated $718 million to 1.3 billion each year on food and...

Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market

Published October 23, 2013

Download Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market or read the executive summary below. Executive summary  Still reeling from the devastation of the global financial crisis, the EU and U.S have embarked on an ambitious set of trade talks for a Transatlantic Trade and...

Sustainability Criteria, Biofuel Policy and Trade Rules

Published August 14, 2013

Introduction Biofuels, the programs that support them, and the impacts of these policies on climate, environment and society have been subject to some of the most intense scrutiny of any areas of public policy in recent years. Public support for biofuels production has generated considerable controversy for a variety...

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin

Published May 15, 2013

Executive Summary A new technology to extract oil and natural gas from geological formations that lack the porosity to allow the oil and natural gas to flow into drilled wells has dramatically increased oil and natural gas production in the United States. Horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing (“...

Nanomaterials In Soil: Our Future Food Chain?

Published March 28, 2013

Overview To feed a growing population under increasing natural resource constraints, the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international organizations are promoting “sustainable intensification” as the future of agricultural production.1 The application of...

Water Governance in the 21st Century

Published March 28, 2013

As water insecurities increase globally, there is an increasing emphasis on demand management approaches, which for the most part emphasize market mechanisms as a means to ensure water security for all. Water trading is one of the market-based mechanisms that helps transfer water from one user to another. This...

Land Grabs and Fragile Food Systems

Published February 20, 2013

Executive Summary IATP has worked on trade and agriculture for more than 25 years. In all that time, we have consistently argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and pushes public interests aside. This paper...

Managing Small Urban Farmers Markets:

Published February 4, 2013

Overview While some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, others do not. Mini farmers markets help address this challenge by bringing fresh, locally grown foods into Minneapolis neighborhoods. In 2006, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began working with neighborhood-...

Networking Small Urban Farmers Markets

Published February 4, 2013

Overview While some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, others do not. Mini farmers markets help address this challenge by bringing fresh, locally grown foods into Minneapolis neighborhoods. This manual shares IATP’s experience building and managing a network of these small...