Reports

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...

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Hospitals: Hospital-Focused Report

Published December 12, 2013

Executive Summary Key lessons learned The 1,493 community hospitals and VA hospitals/medical centers in the north central U.S.—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin—spend an estimated $718 million to 1.3 billion each year on food and...

Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market

Published October 23, 2013

Download Promises and Perils of the TTIP: Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market or read the executive summary below. Executive summary  Still reeling from the devastation of the global financial crisis, the EU and U.S have embarked on an ambitious set of trade talks for a Transatlantic Trade and...

Sustainability Criteria, Biofuel Policy and Trade Rules

Published August 14, 2013

Introduction Biofuels, the programs that support them, and the impacts of these policies on climate, environment and society have been subject to some of the most intense scrutiny of any areas of public policy in recent years. Public support for biofuels production has generated considerable controversy for a variety...

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin

Published May 15, 2013

Executive Summary A new technology to extract oil and natural gas from geological formations that lack the porosity to allow the oil and natural gas to flow into drilled wells has dramatically increased oil and natural gas production in the United States. Horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing (“...