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USA: Bill to fast track the TPP

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A bill to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was introduced in Congress on 9 January 2014. The deal, which is being negotiated with over 600 corporations behind closed doors, is a threat to clean air, clean water, safe food and democracy, Food & Water Watch reports.

The TPP is a new "free trade" agreement being negotiated between the USA and eleven other Pacific Rim countries. Like other Free Trade Agreements, this one will make it impossible for the citizens of countries joining the TPP to choose what laws and rules they want to live under. For Americans, it would lead to increased gas exports and increased imported foods, while undermining domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature, according to Food & Water Watch.

TPP was started under George W. Bush, but is being pushed by President Obama. In fact, a bill in Congress would give him "Fast Track" authority for the negotiating, meaning that he, and whoever comes after him, would be able to negotiate as desired without oversight by Congress. A form to urge congressional representatives to stop the plan is available here.

If passed, corporations could sue the government of the USA to overturn democratically created laws and regulations if they threaten the corporation's profits. Things like sourcing local food for schools, banning fracking in communities and labeling genetically engineered foods are at the top of the corporate hit list, Food & Water Watch reports. More information is available from Food & Water Watch. 





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