Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Vicki Batts
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a trade pact currently being negotiated upon outside of the law. With nothing more than the aim to ban GMO labeling, to allow Monsanto’s grip on the agricultural industry continue to strengthen, increase GMO prevalence and continue to keep the cost of pharmaceuticals sky-high.
In an article, Natural News editor, Mike Adams the Health Ranger says, “Details of the TPP are so secret that even members of Congress are not allowed to review them or disclose them. What we know about the TPP has only come from leaks, as the full text of the entire agreement is being kept not only from Congress but also the American people. Yet over 600 corporate CEOs – including CEOs of companies that have been repeatedly found guilty of felony crimes in America – have been allowed to influence the details of the TPP agreements.” Some of these participants originate from major corporations which include the likes of Monsanto and Walmart, as well as a number of Big Pharma executives who have also taken on a role in the development of the partnership.
Countries currently on board with the TPP include the USA, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. While the exact language of the TPP has been kept quite secret, several leaks on what it will contain have been reported. For example, countries who sign onto the TPP will be required to drop any and all current bans on GMOs. Crops that are GMOs must be allowed to be grown in those countries, and they must also ban all efforts to label GMO products. This means consumers will have no way to exercise their right to freedom of choice. Why allow the free market to make its choice when you can strong-arm entire countries into consuming your GMO food?
The TPP will also give Big Pharma companies special monopoly rights on their drugs, eliminating generic competition and raising costs. Resistance against GMOs will also be redefined as “anti-free trade practices” that will likely result in economic sanctions against those countries who wish to ban GMOs. It would also ban “Fair Use” of copyrighted material, and the subsequent banning of individuals from the internet if they were to engage in “Fair Use” – and effectively silence alternative media. And of course, this is just a short list. Make no mistake, the TPP is an extremely dangerous pact.