Multilateral trade agreement crafted by megacorporations would undermine jobs, expand GMOs and Big Pharma, restrict Internet freedom and strengthen global government.
Japan is joining negotiations with 11 other countries in an ongoing effort to create a Trans-Pacific Partnership that participants hope to finalize by the end of the year. Led by the U.S., partner nations already on board include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Many voices in the public, however, oppose the deal on the grounds that its formationfavors the business interests of megacorporations who would profit off of global trade at the expense of internet freedom, national sovereignty, food independence and jobs. Moreover, the deal has been worked out largely in secret and without consulting Congress.
U.S. trade representative Michael Froman visited Japan ahead of the TPP negotiation to iron out agreements and rally against protective interests in Japan who see the agreement, and particularly its loosening of tariffs as a threat. According to the WSJ, concerns persist over the ‘rice, beef, pork, dairy, wheat and sugar’ markets and other industries:
Japan’s Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives adopted a declaration on Aug. 8. saying it has “grave problems” with the TPP, as it could jeopardize food safety and universalhealthcare services, andundermine the nation’s sovereignty. “It’s extremely regrettable that the government has entered the negotiations without clarifying such concerns,” the statement said.
Mr. Froman said “Barriers to access to Japan’s automotive andinsurance markets, and non-tariff measures and other sectoral and cross-cutting areas hold back growth and innovation, undermine competitiveness, and hurt workers, businesses and consumers in both our countries.” [emphasis added]
Japan’s participation in the latest round could “triple the economic gains that the United States can expect from the TPP,” Solís says, and “with Japan on board, the Asian identity of the TPP is more than solidified.” The TPP currently comprises Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan, the United States, and Vietnam, which together make up roughly 40 percent of global gross domestic product and about a third of world trade.
[...] To be frank, we are talking about a level of liberalization when it comes to Japan that is unprecedented.
Globalization agreements, including the likes of GATT, WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and other multilateral treaties, establish more than just trade between nations. Their deconstruction of trade barriers and tariffs are touted for creating cheaper goods, but often criticized for hurting farmers,small businesses, home-based industries, environmental factors and workers.
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GMO / Agribusiness Dominance
One of the major concerns that have been raised about the scope of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is its impact on genetically modified foods, which observers say will favor big players in the biotech industry and undermine labeling laws and bans on growing GMO crops and/or imports.
The leader of the Greens party in Australia critiqued the plan, blaming the ‘push for a free trade area in the Asia-Pacific’ as part of an attempt ‘to remove a ban on genetically modified crops.’ Senator Christine Milne said:
“It is supported by both parties and if it goes through [it] will open up Tasmania to be sued by giant international companies who want to push their GMOs [genetically modified organisms] here.”
Barbara Chicherio, treasurer of the Gateway Green Alliance, charges that negotiations have included more than 600 industry lobbyists with unparalleled secrecy and little input from Congress:
The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits. There appears not to be a specific agricultural chapter in the TPP. Instead, rules affecting food systems and food safety are woven throughout the text.
said science-based policies related to maximum residue levels of crop protection products and biotechnology will help improve both trade and international food security.
“The reality in the world today is that biotechnology is playing a central role in crop production, and we need strong policies that facilitate trade and avoid unnecessary non-tariff trade barriers,” said Innes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation outlined the case to block the TPP in the following video on grounds that it would make enforcement of intellectual property rights stronger, limiting internet freedom:
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership goes beyond specific arrangements benefiting corporations and extents towards the creation of global structures.
The TPP and TTIP should be of special concern to Americans, since, as we shall detail presently, the authors and promoters of these agreements admit that they deal with far more than trade and have been designed to drag the United States into “regional governance”on a host of issues. The architects of the TPP and TTIP are virtually unanimous in their head-over-heels praise of, and support for, the political and economic merger taking place in the European Union (EU). The once-sovereign nations of Europe have been tricked, bribed, and browbeaten into yielding control over almost every aspect of their lives to globalist banking and corporate elites and their bureaucratic servitors in Brussels.
AlterNet reports that “Fast Track” trade-promotion authority (TPA) is being used, as with other global treaties, to get the deal done fast and limit opposition, regulation and oversight. Daily Kos rightly criticizes the fact that such far-reaching trade agreements give megacorporations the right to sue partner nations whose environmental or trade policies limit their business endeavors – putting all other concerns on the back burner.
As futile as it may seem, rallying major opposition against the Trans-Pacific Partnership now and telling your senator to oppose ratification if final agreement is reached, could stop it. Such efforts sent a strong message in regards to SOPA/PIPA/CISPA, and it could work again.
Aaron Dykes is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com. As a writer, researcher and video producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and investigative reports, he uses history as a guide to decode current events, uncover obscure agendas and contrast them with the dignity afforded individuals as recognized in documents like the Bill of Rights.