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Bilateral free trade and investment agreements and the US corporate biotech agenda
Pesticides Action Network Asia Pacific and People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty
Bilateral Free Trade and Investment Agreements and the US Corporate Biotech Agenda
by Aziz Choudry
Bilateral free trade agreements are seen by the agricultural biotechnology industry as an
important conduit for spreading genetically modified organisms (GMOs) around the world.
US agribusiness corporations are looking into bilateral and regional trade agreements “to
expand foreign understanding and acceptance of US regulations and standards, particularly
with respect to agricultural biotechnology.” Meanwhile, the US Administration sees these
agreements as useful political instruments to further its broader geopolitical interests.
These bilateral trade negotiations are much less visible and can easily slip beneath the
radar of NGOs and popular movements that oppose the WTO. The business coalitions that
are the biggest driving force behind bilateral free trade and investment negotiations are
quite open about their self-interest, and eager to keep upping the stakes and locking
governments into even tougher standards to ensure expanded profit margins and monopoly
control. Through bilateral agreements, they seek to stitch up from below what they have
been unable to achieve — so far — at the WTO.
This Special Release on “Bilateral Free Trade and Investment Agreements and the US Corporate Biotech Agenda” is researched and written by Aziz Choudry, a New Zealand activist
who has been following the negotiations of bilateral free trade and investment agreements between the US and the countries in the South.
This issue is first of a series of Special Release published by the People’s Coalition on Food
Sovereignty (PCFS) and the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP). This publication
aims to provide critical analyses and raise awareness on Food Sovereignty issues.
Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty
News from the movements
25-Aug-2016 RTSome 2,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union have gathered in Miami where they are officially opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
24-Aug-2016 Deutsche WelleHundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to take to the streets in several German cities to rally against plans to move forward with two key international trade agreements - one year after a similar protest managed to attract similar numbers.
23-Aug-2016 APRNNeither the TPP nor the RCEP, neither the US nor China and their corporations will ever address the long-standing people’s aspiration for an international trading system that responds to their needs.
23-Aug-2016 ScoopCivil society groups, trade unions, church groups, environmentalists, gender activists and many more are calling for Ministers to make no decision on PACER-Plus — a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands — until there has been a proper social impact assessment and mandate from the Pacific people who are most likely to be affected.
22-Aug-2016 Radio New ZealandA meeting on Pacific labour mobility under the PACER Plus trade deal has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour.
Avec de nouveaux accords commerciaux, le vol organisé par les multinationales est légalisé et les semences paysannes deviennent illégalesDe nouveaux accords de libre-échange légalisent le vol organisé par les grandes entreprises et mettent en péril la possibilité pour les agriculteurs de conserver, produire et échanger des semences.
22-Aug-2016 El PaísEl secretario de Relaciones Internacionales del Pit-Cnt, Fernando Gambera, afirmó tras participar del XVI Foro Social Mundial realizado en Montreal (Canadá) que los Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) son una preocupación para todas las centrales sindicales porque "apuntan a degradar las conquistas de los trabajadores".
22-Aug-2016 Premium TimesSocial Action has asked the federal government to not to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. Ghana and Ivory Coast have also resisted the EPA
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