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

Support Farm to Childcare June 6 with Whole Foods' Community Support Day

Thu., June 6, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Whole Foods, Lake Calhoun, St. Paul and Minnetonka locations

On Thursday, June 6, Whole Foods will donate 5% of their sales to Farm to Child Care, an initiative of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Your purchases will support our work bringing fresh, locally grown foods to children in daycare throughout Minnesota. As our taste preferences are formed in early childhood, Farm to Child Care is a golden opportunity to encourage healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

What: Whole Foods Community Support Day for IATP's Farm to Child Care Initiative

When: Thursday, June 6.

Where: Participating Whole Foods locations include the Lake Calhoun, Saint Paul and Minnetonka stores.