Published February 7, 2011
Minneapolis, February 7, 2011 — When global food prices spiked in 2007-08, a hundred million people were added to the ranks of the world’s hungry, pushing the total number over 1 billion for the first time in history. Now, just two years later, we are seeing another food price hike, and more famine is...
Published January 10, 2011
Minneapolis, January 10, 2011* — We’re in a rut when it comes to taking action on climate change. Congress has stalled on passing climate legislation. International negotiators failed to agree on binding emission cuts in Cancún late last year. And it’s unclear whether the EPA will have the power to...
Published December 22, 2010
Minneapolis, December 22, 2010 – Hospitals, as places of healing, have a natural incentive to provide food that’s healthy for people and the environment and to be models for healthy eating. A poor diet is a risk factor for four of the leading six causes of death nationally: heart disease, stroke, diabetes...
Published December 5, 2010
REMARKS OF JIM HARKNESS, PRESIDENT, IATP DIÁLOGO CLIMÁTICO, CANCÚN, MEXICO CAncún, December 5, 2010 — I would first like to thank our Mexican hosts and say what an honor it is to appear with such an inspiring group of farm leaders from around the world. We are here in Cancún because climate change threatens the...
Published October 6, 2010
Minneapolis, October 7, 2010 — As I read this excellent report on health disparities, one voice whispers “community” in my left ear, another whispers “environment” in the right. Geographically speaking, the place where many of the upstream determinants of health mentioned in the report...
Published October 5, 2010
Minneapolis, October 6, 2010* — Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children’s health while giving a boost to local farmers. It’s time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes and chicken. You...
Published October 4, 2010
Remarks of Jim harkness, president, IATP United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Tianjin, China Tianjin, October 5, 2010 — Thank you for joining us today. My name is Jim Harkness. I am the President of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. We are a 25-year-old organization that works...
Published September 28, 2010
Minneapolis, September 29, 2010* — The Minnesota River near Jordan is expected to reach its fifth-highest crest at 32.7 feet on Tuesday. Jordan and much of the rest of southern Minnesota were hit with some 10 inches of rain last week—flooding houses, farm fields, and shutting down highways and bridges....
Published July 29, 2010
Minneapolis, July 30, 2010* — Would you like some antibiotic-resistant bacteria with your grilled chicken at your backyard barbecue? Of course not. But that likelihood continues to grow unless the government makes industry change the way most American farm animals are raised. Turning many of our livestock and...
Published June 23, 2010
Dr. Steve Suppan
Minneapolis, June 24, 2010 — Over the next few weeks, members of the Senate and House of Representatives will meet to iron out their differences in order to complete a historic financial reform bill. The final bill will cover a wide range of financial services, including credit cards, mortgages, payday loans and...