|The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) threatens food safety and the environment, and could allow Monsanto to force its genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on European countries that have enacted laws to restrict them.
You’re not supposed to know anything about this “secret” deal. But now’s your chance. Last week, there was a civil society symposium on the TTIP and its dirty secrets. Alexis Baden-Mayer from the Organic Consumers Association spoke about the impact the TTIP could have on GMO labeling laws. This is your chance to learn more about a trade pact that is being written by corporations, with no input from the public, and no debate in Congress. Don’t miss it!
As closed-door negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) opened just across town, consumer, environmental, family farm and labor advocates gathered at the Washington, DC offices of the Sierra Club to discuss serious concerns about the potential pact.
Speakers from a variety of disciplines warned that corporations and government officials from both U.S. and Europe have already identified consumer, environmental, financial and other public interest policies as so-called “trade irritants” that they hope TAFTA will help eliminate.
Many pointed out that including investor-state dispute resolution in TAFTA would elevate individual corporations to the level of nation states in their ability to use the pact to challenge a host of laws, regulations, permitting decisions and even court decisions.
The event closed with the suggestion that the best way for individual Americans to influence TAFTA, as well as the much-closer-to-conclusion Trans-Pacific Partnership, is to urge their Members of Congress to oppose new Fast Track legislation, which would enable both pacts to circumvent ordinary Congressional review, amendment and debate procedures.
Washington, DC * July 9, 2013
ARCHIVED WEBCAST: (see timings below)
(presentations begin at 0:08:39)
0:08:39: Debbie Sease, Sierra Club
Opening Panel: What’s at Stake
0:10:25: Virginia Robnett, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (moderator)
0:18:20: Lori Wallach, Public Citizen (TAFTA context) – slides here
0:31:35: Natacha Cingotti, Friends of the Earth Europe (European perspectives) – slides here
0:41:06: Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO (labor perspectives)
1:00:45: Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law (moderator)
1:06:22: Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club (investor-state, energy & climate) – slides here
1:20:36: William Waren, Friends of the Earth U.S. (downward harmonization)
2:02:46: Kathy Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition (moderator)
2:06:53: Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumer Association (GMOs) – slides here
2:15:31: Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute for Trade & Agriculture Policy (emerging technologies) – slides here
2:30:21: Discussion and Conclusion
Source: Citizens Trade Campaign