What do we know about the TPP?
The details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal are shrouded in a ludicrous level of secrecy. However, leaked documents have exposed the TPP for what it is: a secret trade deal that will give foreign companies the right to sue federal, state and local governments that enact safeguards that the companies don’t like. These companies aren’t going to prioritize people over their profits. The TPP is a direct threat to the hard-won environmental and consumer protections that we rely on to keep our communities safe, our water clean and our food healthy and affordable.
That’s why Food & Water Watch is mobilizing our supporters to stop the TPP. Join us in asking our members of Congress to vote against this secretive and devastating deal.
This is not a hypothetical problem
NAFTA has already set an example of what the TPP could mean. For example, in 2012, a U.S. oil and gas development company announced that it intended to sue Canada for $250 million over a fracking moratorium in the province of Quebec under NAFTA’s investor-to-state provisions. The TPP would escalate these incidents. Allowing foreign countries to sue for monetary damages at international trade tribunals because local, state, or federal laws allegedly infringe on their investment rights and profits is a slippery slope at best. Companies that win these suits can overturn local laws and reap taxpayer-financed windfalls, and even prevent our governments from enacting future protections. Learn more about these very real problems.
How Food & Water Watch is fighting the TPP
We are organizing in congressional districts across the country to stop this plan and are part of a far-reaching coalition of concerned citizens, environmental advocates, labor unions, and Internet privacy rights advocates in our direct opposition to this threat to local democracy. This agreement threatens the very real steps forward we have taken towards protecting communities from fracking, increasing transparency in our food system, and enforcing safe standards of living. Join us and our allies and supporters across the country as we voice our opposition to the TPP as we continue to organize to keep the trade deal from moving forward.