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Comments to the EPA Re: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033

22 August, 2016 - 16:12
Language:  English IATP author(s):  IATP File:  IATP CEIP comments letterhead.pdf To: Environmental Protection Agency From: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Re: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033 The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) promotes rural development that boosts community resilience, equity, and democracy. IATP supports policies that address climate change in a way that benefits rural communities and addresses rural inequities. IATP thanks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for establishing the Clean Power Plan and for including the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to provide support for low-income communities—many of which are rural—to undertake renewable...

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New Report Documents Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP

13 July, 2016 - 16:02
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Shefali Sharma File:  2016_07_12_SellingOffTheFarm_PR.pdf Brussels – Today at the European Parliament, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Europe, Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (AbL) (member of peasant farmers’ organisation Via Campesina), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and PowerShift released a new report documenting how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) empowers the global meat industry and undermines family farming. The new report, Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP, is based on an in-depth examination of public negotiating positions, leaked negotiating texts, and industry documents. It analyses how TTIP’s “regulatory cooperation” agenda would affect existing rules...

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Selling Off the Farm: Endnotes only, no report

11 July, 2016 - 22:54
IATP author(s):  Sharon Anglin Treat Shefali Sharma File:  SellingOffTheFarm_endnotesOnly_f.pdf Endnotes for the report Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP. Related documents:  Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP Selling Off the Farm: Executive Summary Selling Off the Farm: Report only, no endnotes

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Selling Off the Farm: Report only, no endnotes

11 July, 2016 - 22:51
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Sharon Anglin Treat Shefali Sharma File:  SellingOffTheFarm_reportOnly_f.pdf Report with not endnotes for Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP. Related documents:  Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP Selling Off the Farm: Executive Summary

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Selling Off the Farm: Executive Summary

11 July, 2016 - 22:49
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Sharon Anglin Treat Shefali Sharma File:  SellingOffTheFarm_executiveSummary_f.pdf The Executive Summary for the report Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP. Jointly published with Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (ABL), Compassion in World Farming and PowerShift. Related documents:  Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP

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Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat's Takeover Through TTIP

11 July, 2016 - 22:34
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Sharon Anglin Treat Shefali Sharma File:  SellingOffTheFarm_full_f.pdf Executive Summary Citizens in both the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) are demanding a healthier, more just and more sustainable food system. As parties negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), proposed trade rules threaten to undermine the good food and farm movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The negotiations are taking place at a formative time: consumer interest in locally grown, organic and minimally-processed food is expanding in both regions, along with public policy supporting these consumer choices. At the same time, globalisation and an increasingly concentrated and vertically...

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The Clean Power Plan

29 June, 2016 - 17:56
Subtitle:  Let's Make It Work for Rural America Language:  English IATP author(s):  Tara Ritter File:  2016_06_27_CPP_shortened_TR.pdf The Clean Power Plan is the most significant policy shaping the future of the United States’ energy sector. As such, it will affect rural communities that have long produced much of the nation’s energy supply. Although rural counties house only 15 percent of U.S. residents, they account for 72 percent of the nation’s land area.1 Rural communities will also create much of the nation’s clean energy future through forests, farms and rangelands that can capture carbon when managed appropriately; land and resources for wind, solar and other renewable installations; and...

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Five key takeaways from the TTIP leak for food and farming systems

25 May, 2016 - 18:37
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn Shefali Sharma Dr. Steve Suppan Sharon Anglin Treat File:  2016_05_25_TTIP_LeakAnalysis.pdf The leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts published by Greenpeace Netherlands1 on May 2 provide a crucial snapshot of the status of the trade talks. While a fair amount of information has either leaked or been published by the European Commission on its positions, this is the first detailed information on U.S. TTIP proposals.2 The information is incomplete. Many key chapters, such as those on investment and on energy, remain undisclosed to the public. Annexes that specify exactly...

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USITC ignores TPP food safety costs, overstates benefits for farmers

19 May, 2016 - 15:37
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2016_05_18_USITC_Report_PR.pdf Minneapolis – The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has published its assessment of the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy and on the “interests of U.S. consumers,” as required by the Trade Priorities Act. Judging by the agricultural trade deficits of past Free Trade Agreements, the USITC projections of the agreement’s impact on U.S. agriculture exports and imports are likely optimistic. Despite the best efforts of the USITC, it is questionable whether the report analyzes adequately the costs of trade that affect the interests of U.S. consumers. Steve Suppan, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade...

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”): Regulation Automated Trading (“AT”)

11 May, 2016 - 19:37
Language:  English IATP author(s):  IATP File:  CFTC ATS comment 3 16 15 final.pdf The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (“IATP”)2 appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Commission’s proposed regulation for Automated Trading Systems (“ATS”). IATP commented on the Commission’s “Concept Release and System Safeguards for Automated Trading Environments” (“Concept Release”) in December 2013.3 We became interested in the impact of ATS on commodity prices after reading research demonstrating the sustained and high price correlations among agricultural contracts, energy contracts and the S&P E Mini Futures Index of equities resulting from High Frequency Trading (“HFT”). Indeed, as the open interest share of...

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Contribution to Asia Regional Meeting on Agroecology

10 May, 2016 - 19:10
Subtitle:  Supporting Agroecology by Securing and Building on Appropriate Rights Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. M. Jahi Chappell Shiney Varghese File:  2016_05_05_Asia_FAO_JC.pdf Minneapolis, May 10, 2016—The Regional Meeting on Agroecology in Asia in November of 2015 marked the culmination of four FAO meetings on Agroecology. These vibrant meetings confirmed a rising tide that we have written about previously: agroecology’s prominence is growing worldwide. The importance of its concepts, tools, knowledge and its emphasis on respect for and collaboration with producers have been borne out by the reception it has seen across FAO meetings on four continents. More...

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