Reports

Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package

Published July 15, 2014

Inside this curriculum package, you will find activity ideas and resources for implementing Farm to Childcare at your  childcare center. Many of these resources are ready to use, while some are examples that offer opportunities for you to customize to your own context. Lesson planning charts are provided to help...

Farm to Childcare: Highlights and Lessons Learned

Published July 15, 2014

Introduction: About our Experience with Farm to Childcare In late 2011, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began exploring a potential collaboration with New Horizon Academy (NHA), a for-profit childcare provider, to jointly design and conduct a pilot Farm to Childcare (F2CC) program in Minnesota....

Measuring Success: Local Food Systems and the Need for New Indicators

Published June 3, 2014

In agriculture, policymakers, analysts and researchers often use a set of indicators to assess whether a farming system, or new technology, is succeeding. The most common indicators focus on increasing “yield,” often of a singular crop or animal unit, within large-scale production systems. The use of...

The State of the States on Climate Adaptation

Published May 8, 2014

Foreward As the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent, society is becoming more serious about the need to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin preparing for a changing climate. The needs are profound—practically every area of our economy and society will be ...

Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum (all lessons and worksheets)

Published March 4, 2014

Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum The high school level Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them...

Fair or Fowl? Industrialization of Poultry Production in China

Published February 17, 2014

Executive summary Poultry meat and eggs were not traditionally an important part of the Chinese diet. They were considered luxury goods for consumption on special occasions. Over the past three decades, however, China’s per capita poultry consumption has increased from barely 1kg to over 9kg per year. Today, the...

China’s Dairy Dilemma: The Evolution and Future Trends of China’s Dairy Industry

Published February 17, 2014

Executive summary The past three decades have seen both dairy production and consumption in China soar, averaging a 12.8 percent annual growth rate since 2000. This boom in both production and consumption has had critical consequences for both Chinese small dairy producers and consumers as the power of a few large...

China’s Pork Miracle? Agribusiness and Development in China’s Pork Industry

Published February 17, 2014

Executive summary Agriculture has helped fuel the “China miracle.” Since 1978, agricultural and food output has soared, Chinese agribusiness firms have become key players in domestic and international markets, and by all accounts, China has been highly successful in overcoming land and resource constraints...

The Need for Feed: China’s Demand for Industrialized Meat and Its Impacts

Published February 17, 2014

Executive summary China’s need for feed and the globalized supply chain of the industrial livestock industry is contributing to land use change in China and abroad. It is transforming the government’s approach to grain self-sufficiency, land-based investments abroad and its policies on trade in meat versus...

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Farmer-Focused Report

Published December 12, 2013

Executive Summary There is ample evidence that hospitals throughout the north central region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin—are interested in buying food and beverages produced by sustainable farmers/producers (see...