Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Agriculture and Rural Groups Defend EPA’s Ability to Protect Climate, Public Health
Over 25 organizations representing agriculture organizations and rural communities sent a letter to the Senate yesterday, urging Senators to reject attempts to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
USDA Not the Only Federal Agency Influencing Our Food System, New Paper Reports
While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considered the most influential federal agency when it comes to our food system, many other government agen- cies combine to deeply affect what, and how, food is raised and consumed in the U.S., finds a new paper published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
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Friday, January 22, 2010
IATP Applauds First Lady Michelle Obama’s Initiative on Childhood Obesity
In a speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, first lady Michelle Obama cited Minneapolis mini farmers markets in underserved communities as an example of new local initiatives to combat obesity and connect children with healthier foods. The first lady announced that next month she will be launching a major initiative on childhood obesity that combines federal government resources with local partners around the country.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
FDA Petitioned to Ban Arsenic from Animal Feed
Today, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for the immediate withdrawal of approvals for all animal drug applications for arsenic-containing compounds used in animal feed. These additives are commonly used in poultry production to induce faster weight gain and create the appearance of a healthy color in meat from chickens, turkeys and hogs. The petition was supported by a c
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
WTO Ministerial Fails to Make Progress, Again
Negotiations at the World Trade Organization are intractably stalled as trade ministers find themselves stuck debating a Doha Round that has long been outdated for the times. Instead, trade ministers need to step back and chart a new course for trade, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Climate Agreement Must Support Shift Toward Sustainable Agriculture
To effectively address global climate change, policy solutions must support a transition toward more sustainable agriculture systems that recognize the critical role agriculture plays in the world, concludes a series of issue briefs released today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
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Friday, November 13, 2009
U.S. groups call for leadership from the Obama administration at the World Summit on Food Security
As the World Summit on Food Security begins next week in Rome, U.S. civil society organizations expressed concern with the Obama administration’s support for increasing intensive, large-scale agriculture production and trade expansion as a solution to rising global hunger—failed approaches that have actually contributed to the global food crisis.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Minnesota Farm to School Efforts Catch Eye of USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan
Minnesota farm to school efforts that provide students with healthy, locally grown food are attracting national attention. Earlier this week, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan toured St. Paul Schools’ commissary to get a first-hand look at the district’s Farm to School program and hear about other similar efforts around the state.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Researchers Link Low-Level Mercury Exposure, Zinc Deficiency and Learning Disorders
Child learning and behavioral disorders are on the rise. Increasingly, diet-related factors like synthetic food dyes, mercury contamination and mineral deficiencies are being linked to these problems. A new study in this month’s issue of the peer-reviewed Behavioral and Brain Func- tions Journal suggests an important new model for how these disparate factors in the food system may be interacting to create a much bigger overall problem than typi- cally is appreciated by looking at these diet factors individually.
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Friday, September 04, 2009
How to Bring Healthier Food to Corner Stores
Corner stores around the country have used a number of innovative strategies to bring healthier food to their shelves, finds a new paper by the Insti- tute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. In many low-income neighborhoods without a grocery store, corner stores are one of the few food options for consumers.
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