We Need to Stop Fast Track Trade Deals Now!

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Based on the State of the Union address, President Obama is determined to pass two major secret trade agreements. And, Fast Track supporters are out in force to marshal support in both branches. It is imperative that concerned Americans and Congress stand up against corporate interests.

These two major fast track trade deals would have negative impacts on food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for trade with the EU.

These treaties are an assault on democracy, replacing government by the people with corporate interests. They could open the door for massive growth in GMOs and toxic pesticides internationally – just what Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow want!

Don’t believe the lies. TPP and TTIP trade deals benefit corporate interests and are even written and negotiated by companies and their lobbyists in secret.

US members of Congress have also been kept in the dark and increasingly are demanding negotiators to release the drafted trade deals so that they can examine them before voting. We need to support them.

In his SOTU address, President Obama called on Congress to pass a bill approving fast track authority, granting him sole approval authority without Congressional review.

The ultimate goal of these secret trade deals is to harmonize standards to the lowest common denominator in order to reduce regulations abroad and prevent the future adoption of more stringent regulations at home. Imagine what this would do for our nation’s food supply -- all our work to fight GMOs and create a sustainable food system could be jeopardized.

We should all be weary of these trade deals as we have already seen the lasting negative impacts of free trade agreements like NAFTA on developing countries. The current proposed agreement would impede states’ rights to make decisions on issues such as GMO labeling, negating the hard won efforts of the last few years.

Tell Congress to oppose secret trade deals that jeopardize our health and safety by voting NO on any bill granting fast track approval and demanding access to these secret trade agreements!

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