Action Alert


Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!


The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.


TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.


Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to iatp.org/tradesecrets.

Chemicals and Obesity

Published July 8, 2013

Food and HealthHealthObesity

While diet and exercise are important factors in the obesity epidemic, an emerging body of science demonstrates that exposures to chemical obesogens may be important contributors. A number of chemicals known to disrupt hormones also appear to affect the size and number of fat cells or hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. 

The U.S. is confronting the growing rate of obesity as a major public health problem. One-third of American children, and two-thirds of adults, are obese or overweight. The direct costs of treating obesity alone are $190 billion per year, which might be as high as 16.5 percent of national health care spending. While diet and exercise are widely recognized as important factors in the obesity epidemic, there is an emerging body of science showing that exposures to chemical obesogens may be important contributors. Obesogens are chemical agents that promote fat accumulation and alter feeding behaviors through various mechanisms, and we are all exposed to them every day. 

Read the full fact sheet: Chemicals and Obesity




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