Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to


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Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News: September 8, 2014

Posted September 8, 2014

Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News for the week of September 8, 2014

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Posted July 8, 2014

Mute Schimpf
Debbie Barker and Jaydee Hanson

On June 16, USDA Secretary Tom...

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Can Food Safety Become a Game Changer Against Industrializing Meat Production in China?

Posted February 25, 2014

China's meat revolution has entailed a massive increase in the concentrations of pigs, cows, poultry on "specialized" farms with intense price competition amongst retailers and processors that provide "cheap" and abundant meat to an urban...

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China's Meat Revolution and its Need for Feed

Posted February 11, 2014

Download the slides:
Shefali Sharma's slides -

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Mark Ritchie A.C.E. Conference - Black Lake 11/09/1989

Posted February 8, 2014

Mark Ritchie A.C.E. Conference - Black Lake 11/09/1989

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Life Cycle Assessment & Third-Party Certification

Posted February 5, 2014

Topics Covered:

  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Third Party Certification


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Hazard Assessment Tools

Posted January 31, 2014

Topics Covered:

  • GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals
  • Outdoor Industry Assn. Chemical Management


Lauren Heine, Clean Production Action
Tommy Thompson, Hanes Brands

A project of the Institute...

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Navigating the Chemical Safety Landscape

Posted January 29, 2014

Topics Covered:

  • Regulation and Additionl Safer Chemistry Drivers
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Biz-NGO Framework
  • Business Case Study - Staples
  • Companies for Safer Chemicals campaign



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Wir Haben Agrarindustrie Satt! - Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Posted January 23, 2014

Karen Hansen-Kuhn speaking at the 01/18/2014 German demonstration, "Wir Haben Agrarindustrie Satt!".