The biggest free trade deal in history is being negotiated now. There are plenty of catchy little acronyms when you talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA).
Dry politics, perhaps, but it’s worth thinking about the TTIP because we’re all living on this Earth. Karl Mathiesen at the Guardian invited discussion a few weeks ago, asking What will the TTIP mean for the environment? He got discussion!
I’ll pick out one of the comments. Somebody linked to an article in which Meabh McMahon at Global Meat News told us that the TTIP could end up ‘smaller and more modest than hoped’ due to ‘intractable issues’ about hormone-treated meat and genetic modification (genetic engineering), livestock cloning and other biotechnology.
[Edit] Fancy another acronym? The TTIP is also known as the Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Here’s TAFTA TTIP Watch offering ‘All Information & Perspectives on TAFTA & TTIP at a Glance.’