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TPP and TTIP

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has been making “free trade” deals at a hectic speed recently. Though presented to the American public as tools to open foreign markets for U.S. products, these deals generally result in low-cost imports jeopardizing or outright destroying U.S. industries, including many agricultural livelihoods.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would lead to increased gas exports and imported foods, while weakening our nation’s domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature. Eleven Pacific Rim countries and the United States are currently negotiating the TPP, while TTIP is between the United States and the European Union. Both are advertised as bold new ways to eliminate tariffs, import quotas and preferences on goods and services. And if put into action, they’ll serve as the models for future global trade deals. 

Take action! Urge your congressional representatives to stop President Obama’s plan to “fast track” secret trade deals.

In reality, the TPP and TTIP are power grabs by corporations and their financers. They would challenge laws that protect the environment, rein in corporate interests, protect food safety, promote renewable energy, and curb risky practices such as fracking.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The TPP is being negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries: The United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Brunei. 

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Also known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), the TTIP is being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The European Union consists of 28 member countries.