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Congressional spending deal rewards Wall Street over Main Street

11 December, 2014 - 16:54
Subtitle:  Bailout guarantee blocks financial reform effort for fair, transparent markets Language:  English IATP author(s):  Andrew Ranallo Dr. Steve Suppan File:  2014_12_11_CongressionalSpending_PR.pdf Minneapolis – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against a midnight amendment that would protect Wall Street’s riskiest trading by granting it Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guarantees against losses. House Republicans placed the FDIC protection for Wall Street into the omnibus spending bill that must be passed by Congress in a scheduled Thursday vote to prevent another government...

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Local Economies on the Table

13 November, 2014 - 23:05
Subtitle:  TTIP Procurement Update Language:  English IATP author(s):  Karen Hansen-Kuhn File:  2014_11_05_TTIPProcurement_KHK.pdf Communities across the United States and Europe are working to transform local economic systems so that they are more sustainable and equitable. Programs that support the production of nutritious and culturally appropriate food by local farmers and locally sourced renewable energy, construction and even office supplies benefit local producers, businesses, workers and consumers. Many states and communities are utilizing public procurement programs to support those efforts, especially bidding preferences for healthy, locally grown foods, energy or transportation programs that create local jobs, and...

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Letter to the U.S. Trade Representative on TTIP and procurement

13 November, 2014 - 17:22
Language:  English IATP author(s):  IATP File:  TTIP procurement letter.pdf Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman on January 24, 2014 from 14 organizations including IATP expressing concerns over possible measures in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that could undermine our efforts to rebuild local food systems that are healthy, fair and sustainable.

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Big Meat Swallows the Trans-Pacific Partnership

6 November, 2014 - 21:53
Language:  English IATP author(s):  Ben Lilliston File:  2014_11_05_TTPBigMeat_BL.pdf Introduction The big meat corporations issued an ultimatum to Japan this summer: either drop different tariffs on all agriculture products or you should be kicked out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).1 The threat, coming from the dairy, pork, wheat and rice industries based in the U.S., represented the seriousness of what’s at stake for global agribusiness—and particularly the big meat corporations—in potentially the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated. The TPP has been called "NAFTA on steroids" for good reason. It includes the NAFTA countries (U.S., Mexico and Canada), as well as nine other Pacific Rim countries (Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...

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Working Landscapes Certificates™ and nonGMOplus™

5 November, 2014 - 22:07
Subtitle:  Supporting and certifying more sustainable agricultural production Language:  English IATP author(s):  Jim Kleinschmit File:  2014 WLC and nonGMOplus final_June 2014_f.pdf The Working Landscapes Certificate™ (WLC) program was created by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in 2006 to allow the emerging biomaterials sector to directly support farmers producing crops in a more sustainable manner. WLC criteria start with a non-GMO requirement, but also include consideration of water and soil quality, pollinator protection, greenhouse gas emissions, and other sustainability concerns. Over the last eight years, the WLC program has been refined and expanded, including the development of an...

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70 groups tell Obama: Don’t restrict GMO labeling in trade agreements

29 September, 2014 - 20:55
Subtitle:  Consumer rights on the table in US-EU trade talks Language:  English IATP author(s):  IATP File:  TAFTA_GMO_PR.pdf WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventy consumer, farm and food groups, and businesses urged the Obama Administration in a letter today not to restrict efforts to label genetically modified foods in the ongoing and secret U.S.-EU trade talks. Through negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) with the European Union, the U.S. Trade Representative seeks to establish common regulations covering consumer protections, and has targeted the European Union’s regulations of genetically modified foods, which includes consumer labeling. U.S. and EU agribusiness firms have been open about...

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No Time to Lose: 147 Studies Supporting Public Health Action to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals*

8 September, 2014 - 21:15
Language:  English Author(s) (external):  Jenny Jia File:  2012_11_08_AntibioticsBiliography_DW_JL_long_hyperlinks.pdf 147 Studies Supporting Public Health Action to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals*

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