Press Releases

June 2012

Freshest for the youngest: Minnesota launch of Farm to Child Care pilot to serve as national model

Posted June 22, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – A new partnership between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and child-care provider New Horizon Academy (NHA) is delivering fresh, local foods from Minnesota farms to child-care centers around the state. Beginning this month, 13 New Horizon child-care sites located in the Twin...

May 2012

IATP featured in HBO series on obesity epidemic

Posted May 14, 2012

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s (IATP) Dr. David Wallinga is featured in a new HBO multi-movie series on the nation’s obesity epidemic and the systemic drivers of it. Dr. Wallinga joins other experts in public health, health policy and obesity prevention research to discuss an issue that...

IATP applauds lawmakers’ call to FDA for action on antibiotics in ethanol production

Posted May 11, 2012

Just 10 days after the release of IATP’s latest report, Bugs in the System: How the FDA Fails to Regulate Antibiotics in Ethanol Production, Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) have written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask hard questions about whether the...

Sustained pressure by nonprofits forces change in FDA nanotech policy

Posted May 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight—Center for Food Safety (CFS), Friends of the Earth (FoE), Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)and the International Center for Technology Assessment—issued a statement responding to recent steps...

Senate Agriculture Committee falls short on the Farm Bill

Posted May 3, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – The Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week makes $23 billion in cuts to critical programs including those for Americans struggling to put food on the table, farmers employing conservation practices and rural communities, said the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy...

FDA, ethanol industry ignore regulations and allow unnecessary antibiotics in ethanol production

Posted May 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Despite federal regulations to the contrary, unapproved antibiotics used in ethanol production are ending up in animal feed. As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to enforce its own ruling on the matter, drug companies and ethanol producers are knowingly taking advantage, skirting the...

April 2012

Critical homegrown energy programs at risk in 2012 Farm Bill

Posted April 11, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – A diverse coalition of 123 national and Minnesota organizations sent letters to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leadership urging them to preserve and fund Farm Bill energy programs that are critical for national security, the environment, and rural economies. These programs help advance...

Study links autism with industrial food, environment

Posted April 11, 2012

Minneapolis — The epidemic of autism in children in the United States may be linked to the typical American diet according to a new study published online in Clinical Epigenetics by Renee Dufault, et. al. The study explores how mineral deficiencies—affected by dietary factors like high fructose corn syrup...

U.S. exports obesity epidemic to Mexico, says new study

Posted April 4, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Trade liberalization policies that loosened rules to the benefit of agribusiness and food companies may be partly responsible for epidemic obesity and declining public health throughout Mexico as more low-quality, calorie-dense foods are imported from the United States, according to a new study...

FDA misses the mark on BPA

Posted April 4, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis—Dr. David Wallinga, MD, senior advisor for science, food and health at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), issued this statement following the release of today’s decision by the FDA not to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging. “The...