Farm to School in Minnesota: A Survey of School Food Service Leaders

Published March 10, 2010

About this survey The Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) work together to support the adoption and expansion of farm to school initiatives across the state of Minnesota through staff training, technical assistance, networking, student education,...

Climate Inequity

Published March 5, 2010

Introduction Climate change has been put forth largely as a technological problem: it is the coal plants, gas-guzzling vehicles and energy-intensive buildings that are the issue. The solutions being proposed are largely technological as well: carbon capture, resurgence of nuclear plants, clean coal and genetically...

Beyond the USDA: How other government agencies can support a healthier, more sustainable food system

Published February 3, 2010

Introduction In the past century, the American food system has undergone a transformation: agricultural yields have increased due to new crop varieties, machines, practices and chemicals; our food choices have expanded; fewer people produce more food; and food expenditures take up less and less of our income. But...

Agriculture and Climate—The Critical Connection

Published November 30, 2009

 This paper provides an overview on the multiple ways agriculture impacts and is impacted by climate change. It makes the case that sustainable farming systems can reduce agriculture’s GHG emissions and be a primary vehicle to stabilize and reverse climate change, while continuing to provide food, feed,...

U.S. Climate Policy and Agriculture

Published November 30, 2009

Speculating on Carbon: The Next Toxic Asset

Published November 30, 2009

“At a time when derivatives trading has fallen in the wake of the financial crisis, volumes for trading greenhouse-gas emissions futures have exploded on the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange, the US’s biggest platform.”Hal Weitzman, “Greenhouse gases offer growth prospects,” Financial Times, October 21, 2009. Overview...