stock here: the TPP [Tran-Pacific Partnership] will have incredible negative effects to the average person or small to medium business.
2 items I wish to point out---[and plenty of other awful things].
1) the TPP can be used to force USA to import radiation contaminated foods, without even knowing that we are doing so.
2) The TPP will reduce the ability of existing health programs to try to make drug costs go down.
The only good way to search the whole TPP is through this tool that was nicely created by The Washington Post. You have to scroll down a bit to get to the search box. Note that "Radiation" is not even mentioned in the TPP although Food is extensively mentioned, as well as Fish.
From Washingtons Blog
Under the TPP, corporations will be able to appeal the laws of
nations to 3-member panels of arbitrators, with one arbitrator chosen by
them and a second agreed to by both them and the nation whose laws they
are seeking to overturn. See the chapter on “investment,” for how this
works. It means that a foreign oil or mining corporation, for example,
could overrule a U.S. environmental law by appealing to 2 out of 3
corporate lawyers on a secret panel.
The TPP puts a large number of disastrous policies in place without
waiting for corporate arbitration. For example, the U.S. Department of
Energy would be required to approve any applications to export liquefied
“natural” gas — meaning more fracking, more destruction of the earth’s
climate, more profits for those who’ve been writing this treaty in
secret for years, but not more sustainability, environmental protection,
or even U.S. energy “independence.”
The TPP would lower U.S. tariffs to zero while keeping Vietnam’s, for
example, in place, which — along with no meaningful or enforceable
labor standards — will encourage U.S. corporations to move even more
jobs abroad to low-wage and even slave labor. The Obama Administration
reported on slavery in Malaysia, then altered
Malaysia’s ranking in order to allow its participation in the TPP. This
race to the bottom would lower U.S. wages without encouraging better
“According to an initial analysis published in the Wall Street
Journal, the U.S. market access concessions alone will increase the U.S.
trade deficit in manufactured goods and autos and auto parts by more
than $55 billion dollars resulting in the loss of more than 330,000
jobs.” —Public Citizen
The TPP could require the United States to import food that doesn’t
meet U.S. safety standards. Any U.S. food safety rule on pesticides,
labeling, or additives that is higher than international standards could
be challenged as an “illegal trade barrier.” [stock here ----radiation and heavy metals!]
The TPP would threaten provisions included in Medicare, Medicaid, and
veterans’ health programs to make medicines more affordable, as well as
domestic patent and drug-pricing laws.
The TPP is broader and more encompassing than NAFTA, and weakens
rather than strengthening NAFTA’s weak protections for labor and the
environment. Barack Obama campaigned on substantially reforming NAFTA in
those regards. Instead, he’s now proposing the worst of NAFTA on
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