The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat to Democracy and Food Sovereignty
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), perhaps the world's most ambitious free trade agreement, is currently under negotiation. What began as a small regional free trade agreement has become one of the primary tools in the United States' geopolitical pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement--negotiated in secrecy--will dramatically expand the rights of corporations over those of food producers, consumers, workers and the environment. This Food First Backgrounder outlines the agreement's assault on democracy and food sovereignty and examines the TPP's likely impacts on food and agriculture in Japan, the latest country to join negotiations.
Food First Backgrounder Vol. 19 No. 2, Summer 2013
By Anders Riel Muller, Ayumi Kinezuka and Tanya Kerssen