Reports

Financing Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change: A Modest Beginning

Published November 30, 2010

President Obama’s climate-related diplomatic capacity in Cancún will be severely limited by incoming and current members of the U.S. Congress who consider climate change science too uncertain to serve as a basis for economic policy change or simply a fraudulent conspiracy to undermine the U.S. economy. However, we...

A Farm Bill for a Cooler Planet

Published November 30, 2010

As a society, we face few issues as complicated and contentious as climate change. We are already feeling the effects of a warming planet, suffering through an increase in the frequency and intensity of floods, heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes. But despite calls from scientists, activists and citizens...

Agriculture in the Climate Talks: Looking Beyond Cancun

Published November 30, 2010

The context Food production—hence, agriculture—has been a stated concern of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from the outset. In 1992, parties committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels that would no longer threaten the planet; and to achieve this outcome “within a time...

Trade and Food Reserves: What role does the WTO play?

Published September 20, 2010

I. Introduction Grain reserves are an important part of a food security strategy. Reserves are an obvious and practical tool that has been in use for thousands of years. They are proven to be effective. They are not on their own sufficient to ensure food security, and, like any tool, they can be counter-productive if...

EBT at Farmers Markets: Initial Insights from National Research and Local Dialogue

Published August 8, 2010

I. Introduction In 2009, the City of Minneapolis embarked on the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, a collaboration between city government and the community aimed at expanding the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown foods. Among the recommendations made through the Homegrown process is to expand...

Farm to School in Minnesota: A Survey of School Food Service Leaders

Published March 10, 2010

About this survey The Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) work together to support the adoption and expansion of farm to school initiatives across the state of Minnesota through staff training, technical assistance, networking, student education,...

Climate Inequity

Published March 4, 2010

Introduction Climate change has been put forth largely as a technological problem: it is the coal plants, gas-guzzling vehicles and energy-intensive buildings that are the issue. The solutions being proposed are largely technological as well: carbon capture, resurgence of nuclear plants, clean coal and genetically...

Beyond the USDA: How other government agencies can support a healthier, more sustainable food system

Published February 2, 2010

Introduction In the past century, the American food system has undergone a transformation: agricultural yields have increased due to new crop varieties, machines, practices and chemicals; our food choices have expanded; fewer people produce more food; and food expenditures take up less and less of our income. But...