Secret Trade Pacts: A Lot at ‘Steak’
The EU has so far rejected U.S.-raised beef from factory farms where growth hormones are used to fatten up cattle. But U.S. corporations are pushing to open European markets to hormone-tainted beef, via an international trade agreement that is being negotiated behind closed doors.
If the Obama Administration gets its way, that trade agreement’the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)‘will be rammed through Congress, with no debate, using something called the ‘fast track’ option.
We’ve already told President Obama what we think of his plans to fast-track the TTIP, and its Pacific-Coast sister, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now we need to tell Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Senate Finance Chairman, the same.
Why Sen. Wyden? Because many Democrats in Congress have signaled that they won’t support Fast Track. But there’s a real risk that a "compromise maker" like Sen. Wyden will offer his own bill in order to siphon off more Democratic votes and allow Fast Track to move forward. Especially given the big push by the White House and corporate lobbyists to get Fast Track done.
Creating a market for more factory farms here in the U.S. is just one of so many reasons these trade agreements are bad for your health, bad for the environment and bad for democracy. Please be part of the growing movement to stop them’and stop Congress from Fast-Tracking them.