TPP Text Finally Released … It’s Even Worse Than We Thought

As we’ve noted in hundreds of articles, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a horrible pact which would destroy everything that America stands for. And see this, this, this and this.

The full text of the TPP was finally released today after years of secrecy … and it’s even worse than we thought.

One of America’s top TPP experts – Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch – said:

Apparently, the TPP’s proponents resorted to such extreme secrecy during negotiations because the text shows TPP would offshore more  American jobs, lower our wages, flood us with unsafe imported food and expose our laws to attack in foreign tribunals.


From leaks, we knew quite a bit about the agreement, but in chapter after chapter the final text is worse than we expected with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest.

Common Dreams explains how TPP would reduce our food safety:

With its provisions that tie the hands of food inspectors at international borders and give more power to biotechnology firms, “the TPP is a giveaway to big agribusiness and food companies,” said Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch executive director. Such corporate entities, she said, want to use trade deals like the TPP “to attack sensible food safety rules, weaken the inspection of imported food, and block efforts to strengthen U.S. food safety standards.”

Last month, the Center for Food Safety outlined the top five reasons “eaters should be worried about Obama’s new trade deal.” At the top of the list was the TPP’s ability to undermine efforts to label GMO foods. “More broadly,” the Center wrote in October, “any U.S. food safety rules on labeling, pesticides, or additives that [are] higher than international standards could be subject to challenge as ‘illegal trade barriers’.”

Indeed, according to Food & Water Watch, the final text released Thursday indicates that under a TPP regime, “agribusiness and biotech seed companies can now more easily use trade rules to challenge countries that ban GMO imports, test for GMO contamination, do not promptly approve new GMO crops or even require GMO labeling.”

“The TPP food safety and labeling provisions are worse than expected and bad news for American consumers and farmers,” said Hauter. “Congress must reject this raw deal that handcuffs food safety inspectors and exposes everyone to a rising tide of unsafe imported food.”

And Tech Crunch notes that TPP could dramatically reduce our privacy.

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  • Cue Bono….the financial elite.

  • Dex

    oh so there is an active opposition to this shit in the US. strangely I didn’t hear them watchdogs barking before this went public…alright. Now go call your House reps to vote to ditch the deal. You can even democratically blackmail the lot of them and threaten not to re-elect them to their next term in congress if they fail to ditch it.

    • Wash_Your_Fruits

      You think anything can stop this now? Too much time, too much money, too many pay offs to stop this. Things have been calculating for years about the TPP and the public just did not care. This is going to pass and it is going to change the face of all countries involved.

      • Dex

        the congress still can vote no, and even executive orders from that black bastard won’t be able to change any of that. or the american people can start thinking about exercising their right to revolt against a corrupt government, granted to them by the bill of rights. or just wait for a total embargo from countries not involved in TPP/TTIP, including cheap labor and consumer goods source China and the other oil exporting countries. the only hope left for us is for the US government to run out of cash, excluding the toilet paper dollars that no one else around the world would accept as payment for anything. hopefully then the US people will start to do something finally, with their stomach rumbling.

  • Demonocracy

    For all of you Rand Paul fans out there, the TPP got his vote. He also voted against GMO labeling.

  • goingnowherefast

    Please remind your so called representatives who will be voting on this act of treason what the penalty is for treason. It may give them pause enough to make this thing go down to defeat.

  • Butler Reynolds

    Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch? Common Dreams?

    Really? Give me a break. If I wanted an honest analysis of TPP, these are not two places I’d look.