Autumn has begun to show colors across the property with so much more to come!
Just when you thought The Monsanto Protection Act was the worst thing to come down the trade deal pike, along comes two new secret agreements called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) or the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These agreements are being negotiated behind closed doors just as The Monsanto Protection Act was put together.
According to the latest news from Food Democracy Now, the ‘real problem is that these secret “free” trade agreements are an end run around our democracy, replacing critical civil rights, labor and environmental protections with permanent corporate privilege and profits.’
What is especially worrisome is that with great secrecy the Obama administration seems to be right in the thick of it and the results will potentially effect everything from “food safety and financial markets to medicine prices and internet freedom.”
According to Food Democracy Now,
Right now, Monsanto and more than 600 other multinational corporations and industry front groups are working hand in glove with the Obama administration to draft secret global trade agreements that will undermine the democratic rule of law and place our legal protections in the hands of shady corporate lobbyists.
Even worse, a biotech and pesticide industry lobbyist that once represented Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and other biotech giants is working as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. government.
These Corporate Lobbyists are already at work and have been trying to fast track the TPP through Congress. With what effect? Most certainly the fast track process takes away Congress’ constitutional authority over trade and allows the president to take over.
“If ratified, the TPP would impose punishing restrictions on local democracy, giving multination corporations like Monsanto and the biotech industry the unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits–like GMO labeling and bans on these crops at the national, state or local level,” according to Food Democracy Now news.
Let’s take action by making our voices heard. Again. You can write your own letters to President Obama,members of Congress, and U.S. Trade Representative Froman, but Food Democracy Now provides a way to electronically make your opinion count. Please click on the graphic below! Your help is needed!