Tell Congress to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Your Legislator Needs to Hear from You!

Many of you signed the Land Stewardship Project’s petition to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or expressed to us in other ways that this is an issue that matters to you. This pro-corporate trade deal — the largest in history — goes far beyond trade, granting unwarranted privileges to huge corporations and threatening our ability to protect our environment, create a just economy and have a say in our democracy and our communities.

Opposition to TPP is rising, but we must keep the pressure on as corporations continue to try and advance the deal against the interests of citizens.

• If you live in Minnesota, contact your legislators by clicking here.

• If you live in Wisconsin, contact your legislators by clicking here.

Why does LSP oppose the TPP?

LSP’s mission is focused on fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing healthy communities. Our nearly 4,000 members across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest are dedicated to creating positive change in our food and farming system through local organizing, policy campaigns, new farmer training and community based food systems development. The TPP would threaten our ability to create a just and equitable food and farming system.

The TPP would expand the rights of corporations over citizens. Over our 34-year history, many LSP members have used the power of local democracy to keep out destructive, unwanted developments like massive factory farms and frac sand mines. The TPP would greatly weaken people’s ability to have a say. The trade agreement’s “investor state dispute resolution” grants corporations the legal authority, just like a country, to file a lawsuit against government municipalities if that corporation feels local laws supported by local citizens impede their “expected future profits.” This clause threatens local democracy and gives multi-national corporations unwarranted power over the rights of citizens.

It’s a threat to small farmers and local food systems worldwide. Past trade deals like NAFTA caused the loss of diverse, regional food systems and millions of small farmers, in favor of large corporate farms that harm the land and workers. Communities should have the right to produce their own food to preserve public health, national security, cultural heritage and stewardship of the land. The TPP will undermine this right to food sovereignty.

It’s a bad deal for U.S. farmers. The TPP serves the interests of a handful of the largest manufacturers and exporters, while setting the terms to force U.S. farmers out of business and further impoverish rural communities. Past trade deals have failed to deliver on the promises of increased exports, and any export gains that are made primarily benefit the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not farmers themselves. Meanwhile, farmers would be harmed by a surge of low-priced agricultural imports that would compete against and displace U.S. farm products.

Where does the TPP stand?

The final text of the TPP was approved in February by President Barack Obama and leaders of other trade deal member-nations. However, widespread citizen opposition has kept Congress from bringing TPP to a vote. Right now, Congress does not have the votes to pass it. Opposition continues to rise as more and more leaders — both Democrats and Republicans — come out against it.

But corporate interests and the White House are heavily lobbying Congress and offering all kinds of incentives to pass the TPP against the will of the American people. This could happen at almost any time, including right after the November election, so we must keep the pressure on to oppose the TPP. Your members of Congress need to hear from you that the TPP should be stopped. Please take action and tell your legislators to vote NO on TPP.

• If you live in Minnesota, contact your legislators by clicking here.

• If you live in Wisconsin, contact your legislators by clicking here.

For more information on the TPP, see LSP's web page on the proposed trade agreement.

Thank you for taking action. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, contact LSP's Stephanie Porter at 612-722-6377 or