How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Hurt You

Say NO to the TPP

Originally posted at www.REBELLION.life.

The TPP is billed as a “free-trade” agreement between the United States government (representing the interest of the large corporations who have bought it) and 11 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Here is the only question you need to ask yourself – if trade were allowed to be free amongst individuals, companies, and other individuals and companies – why would you need an agreement?

Free trade, in its simplest form, means that people are free to trade with other people.  You don’t need an agreement, or a pact, because people are free to do what they want, and individuals and the market will respond accordingly. That is what “free” means.  If there is nothing stopping someone – they are free.

However, the TPP could very well end the freedom of individuals to both trade freely with other individuals, as well as have their individual rights eroded.

The agreement would allow food products from other countries into our nation’s food supply as long as the exporting country says they are ‘safe’.  This is a grave danger to the health and well-being of America’s citizens who enjoy the ability to consume foods that are extremely regulated in comparison to other countries, especially when it comes to the use of toxic pesticides and monitoring of heavy metals. Food labels could actually be considered a “trade barrier“, and the TPP would rather allow products to flow “freely” without allowing people to know where exactly their food is coming from.  And of course, I believe, that consumers deserve to make an informed decision of whether or not they want to eat a product – and the country of origin is certainly part of that decision.

Small companies and producers never benefit from such large, over-reaching agreements.  Only gigantic multi-national corporations, who purchase our representatives in Washington, need this type of blanket agreement with other governments – to preserve their trade.

The smoking gun here is that our government, that promised un-compromised transparency, will not allow us to see the actual text of the TPP agreement.  However, Wikileaks has a portion of this document available here.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won’t speak to this issue, as another smoking gun, that the TPP is latent with corruption and does not deserve the support of our representatives.  We hope you will make an informed decision about who should represent you in 2016, and consider “cleaning your house” as a precaution.

– Tisha Casida

2 replies »

  1. Yep and TTIP – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is equal.

    I expect exactly this:

    a) The text of both this agreements will be thousands pages long and it will be written in Law industry language.

    b) Nobody (except biggest corporations and state/federal officers), include our Representatives in our Parliaments, will not have any access to the actual text of the agreements, until it will be finished.

    c) It will be so difficult to understand and it will be so long, that most of our Representatives will not have enough patience,knowledges and enough TIME to read and fully understand the text + THERE WILL BE STRONG PUSH TO PASS IT, BECAUSE WE EXTREMELY HURRY. So they pass it as always. Who cares, what is written inside?

    d) I do not expect anything positive for us, when they have so strong interest to hide it.

    e) I expect massive invasion of GMO food into the Europe and to the countries affected by TPP – I will be more scared to go to the shop.

    f) I expect more hidden protection against the investigations and product bans for corporations in countries, where they do not have Headquarters, if people in some country will decide, the products are dangerous for them and that they refuse to use it.

    g) It will also affect Industrial design patents and Copyrights. Yeah we can welcome in the rest of the World shameful patents exactly like this http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/7/3614506/apple-patents-rectangle-with-rounded-corners and the patents on the seeds and food. Should somebody hold a patent for some food, just because they genetically modified it? http://no-patents-on-seeds.org/

    I do not need any special agreement like this. It would be enough for me, if We just cancel import/export custom duties.

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