Debating GM across the Pond

The biggest free trade deal in history is being negotiated now. If finalised, this will be the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA).

A few hours ago I told you of a legal victory for freedom of information about anything Europe’s involved with, including the TTIP. Today (if you can find it across time zones) you could take part in a webinar. It’s about one of the most hotly debated topics in the TTIP: genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on farms, in food, in grocery shops (noticing moves to label GMOs in USian food) and in livestock feed.

In case you didn’t realise how important this is, the non-profit Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) (‘Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU’) tells us today that agribusiness is the biggest lobbyist on the TTIP. ‘Food multinationals, agri-traders and seed producers have had more contacts with the Commission’s trade department (DG Trade) than lobbyists from the pharmaceutical, chemical, financial and car industry put together.’

You can browse through this CEO article for a great set of infographics to bring this story alive.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to Debating GM across the Pond

  1. The Obama Administration is not revealing the specific details of the TTIP to the American public. Even most members of Congress are being kept in the dark. After decades of “free-trade” deals which have devastated manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and hastened the ruination of the middle class, people across the political spectrum are understandably skeptical. One item that has leaked out and caught considerable attention is a provision to allow transnational corporations to elude the sovereign law of nations. Another allows these global corporate entities to seek recompense from taxpayers for “lost profits” ostensibly caused by normal legislative, judicial, and administrative actions which might impact their business. Scary stuff…

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