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TPP signing represents corporate wish list; farmers, consumers and the environment lose

3 February, 2016 - 22:16
Subtitle:  Opposition grows as trade deal faces uphill battle in Congress Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn Ben Lilliston File:  2016_02_03_TPP_Signing_PR.pdf Minneapolis/Washington D.C. – The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed today in New Zealand, as opposition to the corporate-friendly deal continues to grow in the U.S. and other participating countries. The agreement now has to go to national legislatures for ratification. The TPP has been broadly criticized for expanding the legal rights of foreign corporations to challenge national and local regulations. IATP has also criticized the TPP for its potentially adverse impacts on...

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Letter to the USTR on global food security

11 December, 2015 - 21:19
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  IATP, et al File:  WTO food security Dec11.pdf The Honorable Michael Froman United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508   December 11, 2015 Dear Ambassador Froman, While we recognize the complexity of the many issues being negotiated in the lead up to the December 15-18, 2015 Nairobi Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as faith, development and food policy organizations, we especially want to weigh in on issues related to global food security. We should learn from the 2008 food price crisis, as well as the persistent rounds of price volatility that have followed. These problems will be exacerbated by climate change, financialization of agricultural commodities, and competing demands...

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Comment on the Proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps for Swaps Dealers and Major Swaps Participants

4 December, 2015 - 00:00
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2015_11_24_IATPMarginRuleComment.pdf Christopher Kirkpatrick September 14, 2015 Secretary to the Commission Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) (Commission) Three Lafayette Center 1155 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20581 Submitted electronically at http://comments.cftc.gov Comment on the Proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps for Swaps Dealers and Major Swaps Participants—Cross Border Application of Margin Requirements: RIN 3039—AC971 Dear Mr. Kirkpatrick, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)2 appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Commission’s above captioned Proposed Rule. We have not commented on the Commission’s past proposed rules for margining cross-border swaps, a...

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Response to the RFI concerning the revision of the Coordinated Framework (CF)

3 December, 2015 - 23:55
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2015_11_24_RevisedCoordinatedFramework.pdf November 13, 2015 National Science and Technology Council Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President Eisenhower Executive Office Building 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20504 Submitted electronically RE: Docket No. FDA–2015–N–3403 Request for Information: Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology1 The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)2 appreciates this opportunity to respond to the...

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Rural Climate Policy Priorities

1 December, 2015 - 19:51
Subtitle:  Solutions from the Ground Language:  English IATP author(s):  Tara Ritter Author(s) (external):  Rural Climate Network File:  2015_11_25_RuralPolicyPriorities.pdf The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. This is a starting point; additional input, perspectives and policy solutions are welcomed, as are questions, inquiries and endorsements. For more...

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U.S. rural leaders and advocates release climate change policy priorities

1 December, 2015 - 16:49
Subtitle:  Rural leaders emphasize resilience and equity as global climate talks begin Language:  English IATP author(s):  Tara Ritter Ben Lilliston File:  2015_12_01_PolicyPriorities.pdf MINNEAPOLIS, MN/PARIS, FRANCE – Rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. outlined the challenges climate change poses to rural communities and a set of policy priorities, “Rural Climate Policy Priorities: Solutions from the Ground,” released today during the first week of global climate talks in Paris. U.S. rural communities are diverse and there is no one-size-fits-all climate solution. Rural America will be disproportionately impacted by climate change. On average,...

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States’ Leadership on Healthy Food and Farming at Risk under Proposed Trade Deals

20 November, 2015 - 18:37
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  Sharon Anglin Treat File:  2015_11_20_FoodFarmingLeadership_ST.pdf Consumers want and expect that product labels will identify where their food is from, how it was produced and what is in it. In the absence of action by the federal government to provide this information, states across the United States are stepping up to require informational labels on food, including nutrition details, health warnings, GMO ingredients and how and where the food was produced. These state labeling laws are at risk, however, from international trade agreements. In particular, two comprehensive regional agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), will have sweeping consequences for states across the...

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State’s Leadership on Healthy Food and Farming at Risk Under Proposed Trade Deals

19 November, 2015 - 22:00
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  Sharon Anglin Treat File:  2015_11_19_FoodFarmingTradeFactSheet_ST.pdf Consumer interest in healthy eating, organic food and supporting sustainable local food systems has never been higher. Consumers want and expect that product labels will identify where their food is from, how it was produced and what is in it. With federal food labeling policies lagging far behind public expectations, state legislatures have taken the lead by enacting labeling laws to educate and protect consumers and support local food systems. Nearly 300 food labeling bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2014 and 2015, including nutrition disclosures, sugary drinks warnings, identification of local products such as olive oil and seafood, and disclosure of GMO...

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Contribution to Africa Regional Meeting on Agroecology

17 November, 2015 - 16:55
Subtitle:  Supporting communities and building healthy soil through investment in and accountability to local communities Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. M. Jahi Chappell File:  2015_11_16_Africa_FAO_JC.pdf Minneapolis, November 17, 2015 — Agroecology has been growing on national and international agendas, ranging from the 2012 decree on agroecology of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology, to the 2014 International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition held by the FAO and subsequent regional meetings. This growing prominence reflects the important roles of both science and civil society in addressing the challenges...

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New report challenges food safety and animal health standards in TPP trade agreement

12 November, 2015 - 21:37
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dale Wiehoff File:  2015_11_12_TPP_SPS_PR.pdf Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released an analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which deals with the regulatory standards intended to protect food safety and animal health. The TPP SPS chapter is legally bound to the World Trade Organization SPS Agreement, which refers to thousands of international food and animal and plant health standards. The IATP analysis places the SPS chapter in the context of how U.S. agencies regulate and deregulate food and agricultural products. Contrary to claims by the Obama administration that the TPP would be a “high standards” agreement that would...

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The TPP SPS chapter: not a “model for the rest of the world”

12 November, 2015 - 21:32
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2015_12_03_TPP_SPS_SS.pdf Key findings “Trade in products of modern biotechnology” has been located in Chapter 2, “National Treatment and Access for Market Goods,” so that controversies over GMOs or synthetic biology would be judged based on criteria of market access rather than risk assessments of their safety for human health or the environment. Provisions establishing an SPS consultative committee led by trade officials will further weaken and possibly conflict with global standards setting bodies on food and plant safety. Weakness in the U.S. regulatory agencies to provide the “appropriate level of sanitary and phytosanitary protection” required in the Chapter will be exacerbated by the...

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TPP released: Multinationals win, farmers, consumers and the environment lose

5 November, 2015 - 20:24
Subtitle:  Congress shouldn’t buy Obama Administration spin and reject TPP Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn Ben Lilliston File:  2015_11_05_TPP_TextRelease_PR.pdf Minneapolis/Washington D.C.– After six years of negotiations behind closed doors, the 12 governments that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have finally made their agreement public—and the news is not good. The lengthy, 30 chapter agreement, plus important fine-print annexes written in trade law language will take time to fully analyze. But, a first review of the deal finds the TPP includes a number of much-criticized provisions including those that grant greater legal power to...

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