Last November, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal
was finally released after many years of closed-door negotiations between
officials from the US and eleven other countries. Unfortunately, it contains a
number of provisions that threaten current food safety laws—any US law that is
more stringent than “international standards” may be considered an “illegal
barrier” to trade, and subject to enforcement. The agreement also limits food
import inspections at the border “to what is reasonable and necessary,” and if
an issue arises, a country must also provide an “opportunity for a review of
trade deal will force signatory countries to accept many of the same patent
laws that have kept drug prices so astronomically high in the US, and would extend
and broaden certain patent and data protections for the pharmaceutical
industry, which Big Pharma can then use to keep prices high and delay
competition from generics.
also a gift to biotech seed companies, which will be given intellectual
property protection for all plant species for up to 25 years. The TPP will stop
farmers from exchanging seeds—a common and important practice in many
developing nations and indeed throughout human history.
deal has been “fast-tracked”—that is, Congress will be given a fixed period to
review the agreement, after which time legislators must make a yes/no vote
without the possibility of amending the deal. The final deal now awaits a vote
in Congress, which is likely to take place in Spring 2016.
to your members of Congress and urge them to oppose the TPP deal, which
undermines consumers and farmers and extends monopoly rights to major
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Please Vote NO on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal
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