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IATP is proud to partner with school districts across Minnesota that are working with local farmers to bring fresh, local produce to students during the growing season. Check out iatp.org or bit.ly/MDESummerFood for more information!

IATP June Articles

IATP, coalition applaud Minnesota legislature's Farm to School investment

During the 2019 Minnesota legislative session, IATP was part of a broad coalition of farming, nutrition and anti-hunger advocates supporting Farm to School and Early Care initiatives that would expand access to fresh, local and healthy foods for students and new, stable markets for Minnesota farmers. On June 11, Governor Tim Walz signed funding and support for Farm to School and Early Care into law. 

Farm to Summer feeds Minnesota children

School meals are an important source of nutrition for kids, even during the summer. The Summer Food Service program provides free meals during the summer months, and some districts are taking advantage of the growing season to provide fresh, healthy, local produce. 

New NAFTA limits labeling for food and workplace chemicals

Through an attack on labeling that consumers (food) and workers (chemicals) need for protection, the harms that come with the New NAFTA far outweigh its limited economic benefits. 

340+ organizations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil

IATP is one of more than 340 organizations that are urging the European Union to immediately stop free trade agreement negotiations with Brazil until there is an end to human rights violations, deforestation and firm commitments to the Paris Climate Accord. 

New Zealand Zero Carbon Act targets big dairy farming

Despite its size, New Zealand is one of the world's largest dairy producers. It could become one of the first nations to set agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in order to hit Paris Climate Accord goals. 

Agroecology: Key to agricultural resilience and ecosystem recovery

Agroecology is a transformative approach to creating a food and farming system that builds agricultural resilience, rebuilds ecosystems, supports local foods and strengthens local communities. Despite these successes, there is a lack of awareness around the potential of agroecology. 

New UN report on agroecology for climate, food security and human rights

Our Shiney Varghese is a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on the UN Committee on Food Security. The group has been working for nearly two years on a report on the benefits of agroecology for the climate, food security and human rights.

Trump's tariff tantrum

While President Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico were ultimately called off—for the time being—it's still unclear if there is any strategy behind the latest Twitter-driven policy eruption. 

The trade cold war: Agricultural impacts

If the ongoing trade damage done by the Trump administration cannot be addressed, the next administration may inherit a new 'Cold Trade War' with unreliable allies like Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. 
Governor Tim Walz signs the Omnibus Agriculture Finance Bill into law on June 11. (Photo courtesy Minnesota Department of Agriculture.)

Latest from the Uprooted Podcast

IATP's podcast Uprooted is currently on hiatus. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for updates on the situation, or check out the archives on Stitcher, iTunes, and Google Play Music!
Esme, a fourth grader at Roseville Area Schools, talks about the fresh vegetables she enjoys through Farm to School programs. 

IATP in the News

IATP is partnering with Roseville Public Schools and the Good Acre on a Farm to Summer program, providing children with healthy, local foods at the peak of the growing season.
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