Reports

A Risky Proposition

Published November 15, 2011

In the last year, the U.S. has experienced some of the most severe floods and droughts in recent history. According to climate scientists, more droughts, more floods and more heat waves are what the future holds. 1 Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that in the run-up to the 2012 Farm Bill, most farm lobby...

Agroecology and Advocacy: Innovations in Asia

Published October 14, 2011

Executive Summary Rising food prices, increasing climate instability and food riots have sparked profound political changes around the world and put agriculture high on the international agenda. What kind of agriculture is best suited to respond to those challenges, however, is the subject of profound disagreement....

Racing Ahead: U.S. Agri-Nanotechnology in the Absence of Regulation

Published June 29, 2011

Executive summary On June 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) separately released ground-breaking, albeit voluntary, draft guidance to industry, the first, long-overdue step toward regulating products that incorporate nanomaterials. The White House issued an...

Grower Perspectives on Farm to School in Minnesota

Published June 2, 2011

As part of our work on Farm to School, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) conducted an electronic survey of growers interested in Farm to School in Spring 2011. The survey was designed to assess growers’ perceptions of Farm to School, interest levels, challenges, aspirations and strategies...

Feeding China’s Pigs: Implications for the Environment, China’s Smallholder Farmers and Food Security

Published May 17, 2011

Executive Summary Starting in 1979, pork became the most produced and consumed meat in the world. The reason for its ascent to the top of the global meat heap is simple: China. In 2010 alone, farmers and companies in China produced more than 50 million metric tons of pork, virtually all of which was sold and consumed...

Excessive Speculation in Agriculture Commodities

Published April 28, 2011

Foreword Food prices and food insecurity are front page news. Food price riots, in 30 countries in 2008 alone, have been factors in the overthrow of developing country governments, such as Tunisia and Egypt. The estimates of those without enough to eat are approaching a billion people—about one out of six on the...

Buying Better Chicken: A Resource to buying chicken Raised without Antibiotics and Arsenic for Schools, Hospitals and Other Purchasers

Published April 15, 2011

This chart is based on information provided directly by producers and suppliers via websites and phone interviews, via producer listings on certifier and eco-label websites, and by extrapolation from our knowledge of standards used by certifiers and eco-labels. Products listed are not endorsed, nor does IATP take...

Electronic Benefits at Three Farmers Markets in Minneapolis: An Analysis of the 2010 Pilot Program

Published April 1, 2011

Executive Summary As part of the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS), through funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) of the Minnesota Department of Health, is investing in strategies to expand the availability and visibility of EBT (...

Farm to School in Minnesota: Third Annual Survey of School Food Service Leaders

Published March 10, 2011

About this survey Aimed at educating children about where and how their food is grown, strengthening local economies and supporting healthy eating habits, the Farm to School (F2S) movement is rapidly growing. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) began supporting Farm to School efforts locally and...

Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use

Published February 2, 2011

Introduction Global warming has already affected the world’s climate, and changed the type, timing, duration and intensity of water precipitation. There is either less or more snow and rain, affecting the amount of water that comes from snowmelts. There is increased frequency of extreme weather events across the world...