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.