Don’t worry if you don’t know what the deal is with TTIP, that’s the whole point. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is still going on in secret, while the very people that it’s going to effect the most are left listening at the keyhole, preparing for the worst. And who are these people? They are not just the healthcare workers, farmers and environmentalists, they are each and every one of us who eat, breathe and sleep in the EU, US and wider world.
In the candid words of War on Want “the main goal of TTIP is to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.” In short, the negotiations promote an unregulated capitalist agenda that is anything but democratic, and one which, without too much of a stretch of the imagination, could be disastrous for our food safety standards, local procurement and Britain’s good old NHS.
The Sustainable Food Trust, along with multiple international NGO’s, has been writing on the TTIP for months now, shouting from the rooftops on the key issues for our food security and public health, leaked documents from the negotiations and the latest days of action. While last month Katy Harris looked back to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), using the beauty of hindsight to expose just what we might be letting ourselves in for.
The result has been a massive public outcry with over fifty groups in Britain now signed up to the NoTTIP coalition – including many of the largest trade unions, social justice groups and environmental campaigners. Here’s the latest from the last NoTTIP Day of Action on Saturday 11th October 2014. Below you’ll find our round-up of the top TTIP resources.
Recommended TTIP reading:
- We’re at TTIPing point
- Trouble ahead with TTIP?
- The NoTTIP Times
- Trade Matters: TTIP impacts on Food and Farming
- Leaked chapter: European Commission draft TTIP chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (food safety, animal health and plant health) issues
- IATP In depth analysis of the draft Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues (proposed by the European Commission, as of 27th June 2014)
- Food, it’s on the table
Philip Lymbery: Trade opportunity or tipping point?
- A win for action against TTIP
- Say no to TTIP urges War on Want
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