A few weeks ago, my fellow blogger Noah Zerbe at Global Food Politics told us that transatlantic free trade was being negotiated. ‘The United States and the European Union [were then] negotiating a new free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TFTA), sometimes also referred to as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).’
These negotiations started after months of speculation. I’ve been wondering how the TTIP will affect the land and sea. How will it affect ecosystems? How will it affect farmers, growers, hunters and fishers? How will it affect all of us, living here, relying on the land and sea?
The story continues. The Fat Lady isn’t singing yet about the TTIP but she’s writing songs. The European Commission (EC) tells us where we’re at about the TTIP. ‘This agreement, the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated, could result in millions of euros of savings to companies and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. It is expected that every year an average European household would gain an extra €545 and our economy would be boosted by around 0.5% of GDP, once the deal was fully implemented.’
We’re watching you, politicians. What will you do for our land and sea? The EC says, ‘The second round of negotiations will take place in October 2013, in Brussels.’