Press Releases

June 2013

Trade deal to undermine health, environmental standards

Posted June 26, 2013

Closed-door trade negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), set to begin July 8, could significantly lower health and environmental protections as EU and U.S. negotiators work to “harmonize” standards as part of the agreement. A group of 34 family farm, consumer, faith,...

Farm to Childcare program expands to 62 sites across Minnesota

Posted June 17, 2013

Minneapolis – Beginning today, childcare centers throughout Minnesota are set to serve healthy, locally grown foods as part of a Farm to Childcare initiative—an innovative program designed in partnership between the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and childcare provider...

May 2013

New report raises concerns about expansion of frac sand mines in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Posted May 15, 2013

St. Paul – The true economic impact of frac sand mining may fall short of industry claims promising sustained prosperity and economic opportunity, says a first-of-its-kind expert report to be released Wednesday, May 15. By using currently available economic data, The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand...

FDA ignores toxic arsenic in animal feed

Posted May 1, 2013

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2013 – Today attorneys at Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on behalf of CFS, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and seven other U.S. food safety, agriculture, public health, and environmental groups to compel FDA to respond to the groups’ three year-old...

April 2013

Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture

Posted April 24, 2013

Minneapolis – Nanomaterials added to soil via fertilizers and treated sewage waste used to fertilize fields could threaten soil health necessary to keep land productive, says a new report released today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Peer-reviewed scientific research also indicates...

Overdue reforms to food aid a welcome change in new Presidential budget

Posted April 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget, released today, includes long-overdue changes to the way the U.S. distributes its food aid around the world. These changes will make aid more efficient—up to doubling the bang for each dollar spent—and they will help build...

March 2013

New petition asks FDA to prohibit yet another unnecessary antibiotic use

Posted March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a petition submitted today to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), antibiotic use in ethanol production is illegal, unnecessary and adds to the catastrophic public health threat from antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. The petition, submitted by the Center for Food...

February 2013

Groups welcome the release of administration proposal for international food aid reform

Posted February 26, 2013

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2013 – The below groups welcome reports that the Administration may propose helpful reforms to the U.S. food assistance program in its FY2014 budget submission to Congress. We urge the Obama Administration to include a bold reform proposal that builds upon the United States’...

January 2013

Minnesota set to lead on green chemistry through innovative partnerships

Posted January 22, 2013

Business leaders will gather in Minnesota on Friday, January 25, to discuss how green chemistry—an approach to the design, manufacture and use of chemical products to intentionally reduce or eliminate chemical hazards—is becoming central to their success. Cohosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade...

November 2012

Grow Ahead connects coffee drinkers and growers in alternative finance model

Posted November 27, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – A new approach to social trade finance and crowd funding is offering coffee lovers the chance to support the small-scale farmers that produce their favorite brew. Grow Ahead, led in part by the Minneapolis roaster Peace Coffee, connects coffee growers with critically needed capital, bringing small...