Press Releases

October 2011

Weak CFTC position-limit rule ineffective, unsound says IATP

Posted October 18, 2011

Today’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)  3-2 vote to pass a weak position-limit rule will not suffice to prevent excessive speculation that has roiled commodity prices since at least 2006, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). A position-limit rule puts a ceiling on...

August 2011

IATP applauds ethanol producer POET’s move to antibiotic-free ethanol production

Posted August 30, 2011

POET, the world’s largest ethanol producer, announced Monday the launch of an antibiotic-free ethanol production process in select plants. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) applauded the initiative, and called for the rest of the ethanol industry to remove antibiotics from their production....

Governor Dayton proclaims September Farm to School Month in Minnesota

Posted August 29, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS – Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday, August 25, proclaimed September as Farm to School Month in recognition of the many benefits that Farm to School brings to K-12 students and the local agricultural economy in Minnesota. Farm to School initiatives connect school children with locally grown food and...

June 2011

Lack of nanotechnology regulation a danger to human health, environment

Posted June 29, 2011

More than 1,300 products now on the market claim to incorporate Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs), whose very tiny size yields novel properties, such as making products, lighter, stronger, and better able to retain moisture and deliver pesticides. None of these products have undergone a pre-market safety assessment. To...

Major contributor of arsenic in animal feed halts practice

Posted June 8, 2011

Washington, D.C., June 08, 2011 – The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Alpharma, a division of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, has agreed to stop selling (for now) its arsenic-containing product, 3-Nitro, for use in chicken, turkeys and swine. In 1944, 3-Nitro became the first...

May 2011

Minnesota farmers embrace Farm to School, finds new survey

Posted May 31, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS – Farmers, ranchers and other food producers are interested in providing more of their fresh, locally grown food to Minnesota K-12 schools, according to a new survey released today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). The survey, completed by 67 small- and medium-scale producers...

China’s pig industry has global impact, new report finds

Posted May 17, 2011

China’s pig industry has global impact, new report finds Shift to industrial production affects farmers, food security and environment Minneapolis – China’s decision to shift toward industrial pig operations, and away from smaller-scale production, has important implications for the future of China...

April 2011

IATP announces the 2011–2013 Food and Community Fellows

Posted April 21, 2011

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) is pleased to announce the selection of 14 new Food and Community Fellows. The 2011–2013 class of fellows is a mix of grassroots advocates, thought leaders, writers and entrepreneurs. You can see the full class below and at...

March 2011

IATP welcomes LaDonna Redmond to lead food and justice project

Posted March 15, 2011

Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy announced today that LaDonna Redmond will lead a new project focusing on health, justice and the food system. The project will center on health disparities resulting from the food system, from the farm to consumers—particularly as they affect low-income...

Minnesota schools embrace Farm to School

Posted March 10, 2011

Minneapolis – Participation in Farm to School is growing exponentially among Minnesota K-12 school districts, benefiting students and local farmers, according to the third annual Farm to School survey published today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Foodservice leaders at 165 Minnesota...