Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets - A Hospital-Focused Presentation

IATP invites you to attend a webinar discussing the key findings and lessons learned from IATP's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) project Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets.

Posted December 19, 2013

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets - A Farmer-Focused Presentation

Hospitals and hospital systems represent a sizable potential market for sustainable farmers, and interest in increasing purchases of local, sustainably produced food among hospitals and hospital systems is growing. However, limited hospital resources and the complexity of food purchase contracts and agreements at many hospitals have prevented farmers from accessing this market in any significant way to date.

Posted December 18, 2013

China, Smithfield and the Global Meat Industry

The largest Chinese meat producer, Shuanghui International, has announced it will purchase the United States' largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Incorporated. This purchase is the latest in a series of actions over the last decade that more closely tie together global meat producing countries and companies. China is the world's largest consumer of pork, and its government increasingly supports the U.S. model of factory style animal raising (including limited breeds and antibiotic use) for scaling up meat production and addressing food safety issues.

Posted June 18, 2013

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) invite you to join Dr. Thomas Power, mining expert and principle author of The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin, for a webinar on Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. (CST) when he will review the findings of his first-of-its kind report on the economic realities of frac sand mining in Wisconsin.

Posted May 30, 2013

Agricultural nanotechnology and the future of food

Nanotechnology, a group of techniques for manufacturing and manipulating sub-molecular sized materials, is being applied to agriculture, food processing and food packaging. This webinar will discuss the effect of nanomaterials on soil health and the food chain.

IATP's Dr. Steve Suppan, author of "Nanomaterials In Soil: Our Future Food Chain?," and Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety will lead the webinar. Jaydee Hanson will speak on nanoparticles in food and food packaging, and Steve Suppan will cover nanofertilizers and soil health.

Posted May 14, 2013

Sickly sweet: The science and policy of fructose overconsumption in America

America's' sweet-laden diet is helping drive obesity and chronic metabolic disease. Join Dr. Robert Lustig, noted pediatrician, neuroendocrinologist and author, as he explores the science behind this phenomenon, as laid out in his new book, Fat Chance. Lustig also addresses America's fructose addiction as an outgrowth of bad policies and a bad environment. His research reveals how food industry practices lay the groundwork for overconsumption of fructose, how government policy first enabled them, and then more recently turned a blind eye as sugar politics became charged.

Posted March 19, 2013

Recent AAP Policy Statements on Organic Food and Pesticides

Intended Audience: Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Office Managers, Office Staff
Objectives — At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the impact of low-dose, long-term exposure of children to pesticides on the developing nervous system. 
- Discuss the importance of integrated pest management in preventing pesticide exposure in children. 
- Describe the difference between organic and conventional foods in terms of pesticide exposure in produce and drug resistant bacteria in meats. 

Posted February 06, 2013

The A to Z on Atrazine: Sex hormones and America's most popular pesticide

Despite being banned in Europe due to health risks, atrazine, a hormone-disrupting herbicide, is one of the world's most largely used pesticides—hundreds of millions of pounds per year. It can be found in our lakes, streams, rain, and drinking water, at levels that make a difference to human health. Scientists link exposure to increased risk of birth defects, infertility and cancer, among other health impacts. It turns tadpoles into hermaphrodites.

Posted January 15, 2013

A Generation in Jeopardy: Ever stronger science on pesticide harm to children's health

Today's children face more chronic illness than children growing up just two generations ago.

From learning disabilities and autism to childhood cancers and more, many chronic diseases and disorders are on the rise. Increasingly, science points to pesticides and other toxic chemicals as part of our children's environment, and significant contributors to their ill-health.

What is the role of pesticides in triggering the chronic health conditions that kids today are increasingly facing? Two experts will join the conversation, including:

Posted November 20, 2012

Moving ahead on food justice

IATP's Food + Justice = Democracy conference was a call to action to people from every community, ethnic group, class and gender identity. If you weren't able to attend, here's your chance.

Posted November 15, 2012