If you thought the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, the secret trade deals called the TPP and TAFTA are a global nightmare.
Right now two secret trade agreements, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), also called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are being negotiated behind closed doors.
Sound familiar? Earlier this spring, "The Monsanto Protection Act" was negotiated in secret and now Monsanto and the biotech bullies are at it again. When over 300,000 Food Democracy Now! members sprang into action, you helped expose the Monsanto Protection Act to the world - And now we need your help again!
Just as we’re on the verge of winning GMO labeling in the US and countries across the planet are rejecting GMO crops, these new global trade agreements could eliminate the ability of countries to label GMOs or impose common sense regulations on the sale of genetically engineered seed and food within their own countries.
Without your help, these trade agreements could open the floodgates to potentially harmful and untested GMOs all over the world. This could undermine all our work, including reversing the recent victories in Connecticut and Maine.
Tell Congress and President Obama that it's outrageous to negotiate secret trade agreements behind closed doors. Stop the TPP and TAFTA - the global Monsanto Protection Act on steroids! Every voice counts!
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.
According to a recent op-ed in The New York Times, the TPP would set new rules for everything “from food safety and financial markets to medicine prices and Internet freedom.” Even after 17 rounds of negotiations, the level of secrecy regarding the draft proposals of the TPP has been called “unprecedented”.
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.
Send President Obama and Congress a message – tell them it’s time to stop working behind closed doors. Don’t let our democratic rights be stolen under cover of darkness with the TPP and TAFTA.
Right now corporate lobbyists are trying to quietly sneak the agreement through Congress without proper review so they’re pushing to Fast Track the trade agreement to literally shove the TPP through Congress. Unfortunately, Fast Track 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 multinational 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.
Say goodbye to decades of hard-fought protections against Monsanto’s corrupt corporate power! We need your help to get the word out and make sure that Congress and President Obama know we’re watching them. It’s time to stop Monsanto and the corporate power grab!
Click here if you believe in GMO labeling and think that secret trade deals to kill common sense laws on genetically engineered crops should be stopped!
Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. “Will European Requirements for Labeling GMO Foods Survive New Trade Negotiations?”, Huffington Post, July 3, 2013.
2. “At Trade Talks, U.S., E.U. Ready for Fight on Genetically Modified Crops”, The Washington Post, May 17, 2013.
3. “Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination”, Truth Out, July 10, 2013
4. “Obama’s Covert Trade Deal”, The New York Times, June 2, 2013
5. "Flush the TPP: Stop the Global Corporate Coup!", http://action.