Press Releases

May 2016

USITC ignores TPP food safety costs, overstates benefits for farmers

Posted May 19, 2016

Minneapolis – The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has published its assessment of the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy and on the “interests of U.S. consumers,” as required by the Trade Priorities Act. Judging by the agricultural trade deficits...

Leaked TTIP text shows U.S. negotiators push to lower food safety standards, farmer protections

Posted May 2, 2016

Minneapolis – Leaked negotiating texts for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) expose the heavy influence of corporate agribusiness in the negotiations, pushing to lower trade restrictions and public health regulations affecting food production, according to analysis of the texts by the...

April 2016

Minnesota Farm and Rural Groups Join 150+ Organizations to Ask Congress to Reject TPP, Stand Up for Independent Farmers and Ranchers

Posted April 27, 2016

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a divisive issue in the nation’s capital, and criticism intensified after 161 food, farm, faith and rural organizations, including four from Minnesota, sent a letter to Capitol Hill today, urging lawmakers to reject the trade pact....

TPP would hurt small scale farmers in developing countries, groups say

Posted April 18, 2016

Minneapolis – More than 50 development, religious and sustainable agriculture groups are demanding that Congress reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of its potential impacts on small scale farmers and food production, especially those in developing countries. The signers include the Institute for...

March 2016

Rural Engagement Critical to Success of Clean Power Plan, New Report

Posted March 31, 2016

Minneapolis – The success of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan will depend largely on state-level engagement with rural communities who are most directly affected by shifts in energy production, finds a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). The report, “The...

February 2016

TPP signing represents corporate wish list; farmers, consumers and the environment lose

Posted February 3, 2016

Minneapolis/Washington D.C. – The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed today in New Zealand, as opposition to the corporate-friendly deal continues to grow in the U.S. and other participating countries. The agreement now has to go to national legislatures for ratification. The TPP has been...

December 2015

U.S. rural leaders and advocates release climate change policy priorities

Posted December 1, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN/PARIS, FRANCE – Rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. outlined the challenges climate change poses to rural communities and a set of policy priorities, “Rural Climate Policy Priorities: Solutions from the Ground,” released today during the first week of global climate...

November 2015

New report challenges food safety and animal health standards in TPP trade agreement

Posted November 12, 2015

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released an analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which deals with the regulatory standards intended to protect food safety and animal health. The TPP SPS chapter is...

TPP released: Multinationals win, farmers, consumers and the environment lose

Posted November 5, 2015

Minneapolis/Washington D.C.– After six years of negotiations behind closed doors, the 12 governments that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have finally made their agreement public—and the news is not good. The lengthy, 30 chapter agreement, plus important fine-print annexes written in trade law...

October 2015

Controversial Trade Deal Criticized for Secrecy, Benefiting only Multinationals

Posted October 5, 2015

Minneapolis/Washington D.C.–After years of negotiations behind closed doors, it appears that the 12 countries that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership have reached a deal. While the details remain secret, the new trade rules could have serious impacts on farmers and ranchers, consumer labeling, farm to school...