Reports

Feeding China’s Pigs: Implications for the Environment, China’s Smallholder Farmers and Food Security

Published May 17, 2011

Executive Summary Starting in 1979, pork became the most produced and consumed meat in the world. The reason for its ascent to the top of the global meat heap is simple: China. In 2010 alone, farmers and companies in China produced more than 50 million metric tons of pork, virtually all of which was sold and consumed...

Excessive Speculation in Agriculture Commodities

Published April 28, 2011

Foreword Food prices and food insecurity are front page news. Food price riots, in 30 countries in 2008 alone, have been factors in the overthrow of developing country governments, such as Tunisia and Egypt. The estimates of those without enough to eat are approaching a billion people—about one out of six on the...

Buying Better Chicken: A Resource to buying chicken Raised without Antibiotics and Arsenic for Schools, Hospitals and Other Purchasers

Published April 15, 2011

This chart is based on information provided directly by producers and suppliers via websites and phone interviews, via producer listings on certifier and eco-label websites, and by extrapolation from our knowledge of standards used by certifiers and eco-labels. Products listed are not endorsed, nor does IATP take...

Electronic Benefits at Three Farmers Markets in Minneapolis: An Analysis of the 2010 Pilot Program

Published April 1, 2011

Executive Summary As part of the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS), through funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) of the Minnesota Department of Health, is investing in strategies to expand the availability and visibility of EBT (...

Farm to School in Minnesota: Third Annual Survey of School Food Service Leaders

Published March 10, 2011

About this survey Aimed at educating children about where and how their food is grown, strengthening local economies and supporting healthy eating habits, the Farm to School (F2S) movement is rapidly growing. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began supporting Farm to School efforts locally and...

Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use

Published February 1, 2011

Introduction Global warming has already affected the world’s climate, and changed the type, timing, duration and intensity of water precipitation. There is either less or more snow and rain, affecting the amount of water that comes from snowmelts. There is increased frequency of extreme weather events across the world...

Making U.S. Trade Policy Serve Global Food Security Goals

Published January 18, 2011

Introduction “To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders;...

Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water

Published November 30, 2010

Global warming has already affected the world’s climate, and changed the type, timing, duration and intensity of water precipitation, resulting in major and minor weather events. These events have been playing havoc with the agriculture-dependent livelihoods and food security of about 70 percent of the world...

The New Climate Debt: Carbon Trading Wrapped in a Green Bond Proposal

Published November 30, 2010

During the upcoming negotiations on climate change in Cancún, Mexico, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) members will be trying to sell their June proposal on “green sectoral bonds” as a “new carbon mechanism.”1 Like a conventional bond, the “green sectoral bond” is...

Grain Reserves: A Smart Climate Adaptation Policy

Published November 30, 2010

Consider these four developments: 1.) Climate change is having a profound effect on current and anticipated food production; 2.) Those effects are expected to be greatest in some of the world’s most impoverished regions, particularly in the countries that sit around the equator; 3.) The anticipated effects of...