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Farmers lack information on seed treatments found to harm pollinators, new paper

6 August, 2015 - 05:00
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dale Wiehoff File:  2015_08_06_NeonicPaper_PR.pdf Minneapolis– The effectiveness and costs of pesticide seed coatings are not being made clear to farmers, according to a new paper by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Over the last decade, a small handful of seed companies often require or add neonicotinoid (neonic) seed coatings, particularly for genetically engineered crops. A growing body of science directly implicates neonic pesticides in the significant decline of bee and other pollinator populations. The most prevalent use of neonics is as seed coating material for agricultural commodity crops like corn and soybeans. The new IATP report, Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs: Neonicotinoid Seed Coatings, Crop Yields and Pollinators, found...

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Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs

5 August, 2015 - 05:00
Subtitle:  Neonicotinoid Seed Coatings, Crop Yields and Pollinators Language:  English IATP author(s):  Ben Lilliston Author(s) (external):  Jim Kleinschmit File:  2015_08_06_Neonics_BL_JK.pdf There is a growing body of science directly implicating neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides in the significant decline of bees and other pollinators.1 Neonicotinoids are applied in multiple ways in many parts of agriculture and horticulture, but are most prevalent as a seed coating material for agricultural commodity crops like corn and soybeans. Based on convincing and mounting evidence and data, beekeepers, scientists and other individuals concerned about pollinators...

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Comment on the presidential Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “Nanotechnology Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade”

28 July, 2015 - 20:32
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  OSTP Nanotechnology Grand Challenges.pdf Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Request for Information: Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade[i] Submitted electronically: July 16, 2015 The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization, is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the above captioned Request for Information. If OSTP does not receive an adequate number of responses to its Request for Information (Request), we hope that it will consider extending the deadline for comment. IATP has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency concerning nanomaterials and nanotechnology...

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Fast Track sets stage for showdown on free trade

24 June, 2015 - 21:16
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn File:  2015_06_24_FastTrackPassesSenate_PR.pdf Washington D.C.–Following an intense lobbying campaign, the Senate today caved in to demands from the Obama administration and GOP leadership and gave Trade Promotion Authority six years of life support. Better known as Fast Track, this legislation means that Congress has forfeited its right to amend any international trade agreement for the next six years; all it can do is vote the proposed agreement up or down. “While Fast Track’s fate has been decided, the fate of the trade bills themselves has not. Fast Track will grease the skids for secretly negotiated trade agreements, but what it will not do is shut up millions of Americans who will fight for a thumbs down...

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Scientists’ Open Letter to FAO Director General Graziano da Silva, in Support of the February 2015 Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

24 June, 2015 - 19:48
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  IATP, et al. File:  Scientists letter-nyeleni.pdf 24 June 2015 Dear Director General da Silva, As scientists and scholars working in sustainable agriculture and food systems, we are writing to support and bring to your attention the recent Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology1, dated 27 February 2015. The Declaration affirms that agroecology can produce food in ecologically sustainable and socially just ways, and can “generate local knowledge, promote social justice, nurture identity and culture, and strengthen the economic viability of rural areas.” The Nyéléni Agroecology Declaration resulted from a historic meeting in Nyéléni, Mali of “delegates representing diverse organizations and international movements...

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Building Minnesota’s Farm to Institution Markets

16 June, 2015 - 14:47
Subtitle:  A Producer Survey Language:  English IATP author(s):  Pete Huff File:  2015_06_25_ProducerSurvey.pdf Overview As part of our shared work on farm to institution in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and Renewing the Countryside (RTC) conducted an online survey of Minnesota growers interested in farm to institution markets in fall 2014. The goal of the survey was to determine the resources Minnesota growers—specifically specialty crop growers—need to engage with institutional markets in a consistent and economically viable manner. Background and Motivation Related documents:  ...

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Fast Track stalls in the House

11 June, 2015 - 21:47
Subtitle:  Public opposition overpowers Obama, Corporate money Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn File:  2015_06_12_HouseFastTrackVote.pdf Washington D.C.–Following months of intense public opposition to Fast Track, the House of Representatives today defied the Obama administration’s trade promotion package. The debate over Fast Track blurred party lines. “It took real courage for those Democrats and Republicans who stood up to the President and Republican leadership and opposed the free trade package. They defended working families, farmers, natural resources, the environment and most importantly, democratic principles,” says Juliette Majot, President of the Institute for...

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Trade policy removal of regulatory “irritants”

5 June, 2015 - 18:15
Subtitle:  An effective geopolitical tool? Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2015_06_05_TTIP_GeoPolitics_SS.pdf “The [U.S.] economy is not working for those who depend on paychecks to make a living, that is to say, almost everyone.”1 New York Times editorial: November 7, 2014 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under negotiation, “is not just about free trade; it is an expression of our geopolitical partnership. We agreed to step up our efforts towards reaching agreement.” European Union President Donald Tusk, reporting a conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama, December 1, 2014.2 Overview Foreign policy elites and military leaders...

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G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups

3 June, 2015 - 22:02
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  IATP, et al. File:  2015_06_04_G7_Food_Initiative_PR.pdf Minneapolis–Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. On the same day, a coalition of a hundred farmers organisations, social movements, unions and civil society groups around the world have released a statement calling on the G7 and African governments to stop supporting the New Alliance. The policies of the New Alliance have been criticised as they “facilitate the grabbing of land and other natural resources, further marginalize small-scale producers, and undermine the right to adequate food and...

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