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02 Dec

TPP Deal Finally Revealed – 10 Reasons To Be Concerned And Take Action

Posted in Environmental, GMOs, Knowledge is Power Series, Political America, Take Action! on 02.12.15

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TPP Deal Finally Revealed – Not Funny!

TPPDetails of the long-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are finally made public.  Here are some details you may not be aware of. 10 reasons to be concerned about the TPP deal and take action.

  1. TPP provisions were apparently kept secret from all but the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
  1. Leaked documents during the trade negotiations provided reason to be concerned about the final TPP agreement. A review of the deal’s twenty-nine chapters and five thousand pages proves these early concerns were completely justified.
  1. Generally speaking, passage of the TPP would mean that any US food safety law concerning things like pesticides, food additives, or labeling that is more stringent than “international standards” may be considered an “illegal barrier” to trade, and subject to enforcement.
  1. The deal includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system in which multinational corporations can challenge a host company’s regulations in an international court. ISDS has been a fixture in other trade treaties, including NAFTA (the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement). It has been used to challenge countries’ economic policies, anti-smoking efforts, and environmental preservation laws.
  1. The trade agreement also undercuts US efforts to inspect food imports. The agreement limits food import inspections at the border “to what is reasonable and necessary”. If an issue arises, a country must also provide an “opportunity for a review of the decision.” This provision, referred to as the Rapid Response Mechanism, may give exporting countries the right to challenge basic food safety provisions in the US.
  1. The TPP contains an entire chapter on intellectual property rights, with many provisions relating to pharmaceutical patents. No doubt heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, the trade deal will force signatory countries to accept many of the same patent laws that have kept drug prices so astronomically high in the US.
  1. The deal would extend and broaden certain patent and data protections for the pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma can then use them to keep prices high and delay competition from generics.
  1. The TPP also allows a practice known as “evergreening”. Evergreening lets drug companies extend a patent on an old drug when it can be used to treat a new condition. Evergreening is another boon for Big Pharma’s monopoly power.
  1. The TPP deal expands biotech’s monopoly over the seed industry. The deal requires all twelve countries to join a number of global intellectual property treaties. One of these treaties is the 1991 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV91), which emphasizes the rights of seed companies over farmers.  This particular treaty
  • Requires intellectual property (IP) protection for all plant species;
  • Provides IP protection for 20 to 25 years; and
  • Stops farmers from exchanging seeds. Exchanging seeds is a common and important practice in many developing nations and indeed throughout human history.
  1. If these gifts to industry were not enough, President Obama moved earlier this summer to have the deal “fast-tracked”.   Fast-tracked means that Congress will be given a fixed period to review the agreement. Legislators must make a yes/no vote without the possibility of amending the deal in the alloted time given. Essentially, it’s “take it or leave it.”

Want to learn more?  Click here:  http://www.anh-usa.org/tpp-a-disaster-for-natural-health/   We need your help to urge Congress to oppose the TPP deal. The TPP deal undermines consumers and farmers and extends monopoly rights to major industries.  Click here to take action now before it is too late. http://www.anh-usa.org/tpp-a-disaster-for-natural-health/

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CEO for A Voice For Change and Lead Healthstyle Counselor for the New Medicine Foundation.

 

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