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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 22, 2014

Secrecy cloaks free trade agreement

By Patrick Bosold | Dec 13, 2012

To the editor:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently being negotiated behind closed doors in Auckland, New Zealand. This new “Free Trade” agreement would offshore millions of American jobs and flood us with unsafe imported food.

Corporate interests have special access to the negotiations, while Congress and the public are being locked out.

Haven’t heard much about it? Don’t be surprised. The sunlight of exposure to the U.S. public is bad for this kind of corporate-government conniving.

TPP boosters are trying to sell the TPP as a trade agreement that could expand U.S. exports, but recent leaks reveal that actually most of its 29 chapters have little to do with trade and rather would impose limits on government health, safety, labor and environmental standards while granting new rights and powers to large corporations.

This has serious implications. We do not want some foreign corporation coming into our area, building out some toxic new fertilizer plant, and having the power to sue Iowa and the federal government if we got our governments to put a stop to such a project.

Now the good news: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has introduced the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act to stop rogue trade negotiators from pushing provisions in “free trade” agreements which put the profits of foreign corporations before the wellbeing of the American people.

Please contact Senators Harkin and Grassley and Representative Dave Loebsack, and ask them to support and vote for the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act, and oppose and vote against the TPP Agreement when it comes up for congressional ratification.

 

— Patrick Bosold, Fairfield

 

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