Do you think the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will make the world a better place? Perhaps it will. It’s certainly going to affect us. The European Commission (EC) calls this ‘The biggest trade deal in the world’.
The not-for-profit GRAIN tells us what’s being discussed about trade between Europe and the United States (US). As you know, we’re invited to join a ‘webinar’ the day after tomorrow to comment on this topic.
I like GRAIN’s summary of what the TTIP could mean. They say, ‘It is all about reducing the hoops for agribusiness. Not only would this hurt Europeans, whose clearly higher standards would be dragged down, but it would affect many other countries’ food producers and consumers, since any deal reached between Washington and Brussels will set a new international benchmark. From genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to bisphenol A (BPA), the need to protect people from the industrial food system, not open the gates for it to spread, is more urgent than ever.’
The proposed TTIP isn’t just about food safety. It’s also about the land and the sea. You might choose to follow the links from this EC article.