We are writing, as concerned consumers, about two global trade agreements that are currently in negotiations: The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Both of these trade agreements have the potential to seriously undermine U.S. Food safety regulations, and render both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. government—as well as other governments—powerless to protect consumers from contaminated and unsafe, untested food products and food ingredients.
We are deeply troubled that these two trade agreements, huge in scope and reach, are being negotiated behind closed doors, with no input from the consumers, farmers and governments that will be most affected by their policies. Not even members of Congress have been allowed access to the negotiations or draft texts. Yet negotiators have solicited input from more than 600 corporations and industry trade groups, all of whom place a higher value on shareholder value and profits, than on public health and safety, future sustainability of the world’s food supply, or basic democratic principles.
Of even greater concern is the fact that plans call for “Fast Tracking” these agreements, which means effectively bypassing the U.S. democratic process and eliminating all reasonable checks and balances.
We are calling on you to immediately grant access to all negotiating texts associated with these trade agreements, and to open up all future negotiations to a full debate, by the public and by Congress.
And we respectfully ask that you halt plans to Fast Track these agreements, and instead subject them to our time-honored democratic process.
In an era where climate change has become a legitimate threat to the world’s food supplies, we need to protect individual states’ and countries rights to enact laws that allow them to protect local food supplies. We should not be granting corporations the power to undermine governments’ abilities to protect the public health of their citizens.
Organic Consumers Association
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The European Union has so far rejected U.S.-raised beef from factory farms where growth hormones are used to fatten up cattle. But U.S. corporations are pushing to open European markets to...
The European Union has so far rejected U.S.-raised beef from factory farms where growth hormones are used to fatten up cattle. But U.S. corporations are pushing to open European markets to hormone-tainted beef, via an international trade agreement that is being negotiated behind closed doors.
If the Obama Administration gets its way, that trade agreement—the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—will be rammed through Congress, with no debate, using something called the "fast track" option.
Please tell Sen. Wyden: No compromise! Don't let industry and the White House bully Congress into fast-tracking secret trade agreements that undermine public health and safety! Fill in the form on this page to add your signature and personal comment.
We've already told President Obama what we think of his plans to fast-track the TTIP, and its Pacific-Coast sister, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Now we need to tell Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Senate Finance Chairman, the same.
Why Sen. Wyden? Because many Democrats in Congress have signaled that they won't support Fast Track. But there's a real risk that a "compromise maker" like Sen. Wyden will offer his own bill in order to siphon off more Democratic votes and allow Fast Track to move forward. Especially given the big push by the White House and corporate lobbyists to get Fast Track done.
Despite repeated requests for access to proposals and drafts, the public and the Congress have been shut out of negotiations for these trade deals. However, more than 600 multinational corporations and industry trade groups have a seat at the negotiating table.
Creating a market for more factory farms here in the U.S. is just one of so many reasons these trade agreements are bad for your health, bad for the environment and bad for democracy. Please be part of the growing movement to stop them—and stop Congress from Fast-Tracking them.