There’s bad news today for family farms, the care of the land and the ability of people to have a say over the decisions that impact their lives. Despite the efforts of activists on-the-ground and countless others throughout the world, the U.S. Trade Representative and trade ministers from 11 other countries have just struck a behind-closed-doors deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. It is now up to us, the people of the United States, to convince our Congress to vote down an agreement that’s bad for the economy, the environment and public health — but is exactly what global corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Syngenta want.
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For the better part of a decade, you and millions of Americans have been telling the Obama Administration what sorts of provisions would need to be in the TPP to ensure it benefits rather than harms working families and our communities.
Over all that time, the U.S. Trade Representative has granted hundreds of well-connected corporate lobbyists access to TPP texts, but has refused to tell the American people what they’ve been proposing in our names. As a result, we’ve had corporations guiding secret negotiations with human rights violators like Malaysia, where millions of people are victims of human trafficking, and Vietnam, where you can go to jail for requesting better working conditions — while the American people have been shut out of the process.
UPDATE: As of November 5, 2015, the full text of the TPP has been released and can be read online here.
The benchmarks we must demand Congress consider include:
• Does the TPP support independent family farmers and ranchers, consumer labeling, farm-to-school programs, and other state or local policies that encourage community based food systems — or will it encourage corporate control of agriculture?
• Does the TPP contain labor and environmental standards strong enough to protect human rights abroad and good-quality jobs here at home — or will it ship jobs overseas and reduce wages for U.S. workers?
• Does the TPP establish strong protections when it comes to food and product safety — or will it expand imports from countries where food is often found to spread dangerous diseases or contain banned toxic chemicals?
• Does the TPP make medicine more affordable — or will it increase the price of prescription drugs for seniors, veterans and others by enabling big pharmaceutical companies to prevent the marketing of life-saving generic medications?
• Does the TPP increase oversight of banks, insurance companies and hedge funds — or will it prevent governments from enacting important commonsense financial reforms to prevent future crises like the bank-driven financial crisis of 2008?
• Does the TPP honor domestic laws of sovereign nations — or will multi-national corporations be able to overturn the democratic process with the “investor-state dispute resolution” process?
• Does the TPP contribute towards a sustainable global economy — or will it accelerate global habitat destruction and climate change?
We have consistently demanded a “fair deal or no deal” on trade agreements. Given that the completed TPP agreement is unlikely to be helping anyone but CEOs and Wall Street executives, it’s time for Congress to speak up for WE the people.
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Please write your Congress members now and demand they come out publicly against a TPP that hurts our economy, the environment and public health.