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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
Upcoming days of action
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8-15 oct: October of resistance against TTIP and CETA in Spain - contact
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10-15 Oct: regional week of action against RCEP in Asia-Pacific - contact
22 Oct: mobilisation in Amsterdam against CETA - contact
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News from the movements
28-Sep-2016 Global Labour ColumnFor decades, labour has been fighting purely defensive battles against the neo-liberal trade and investment agenda; we lack an agenda of our own. Lost ground will not be reclaimed on what is fundamentally hostile territory, argues Peter Rossmann of the IUF.
26-Sep-2016 No al TTIP
Aprobada en Les Corts Valencianes una iniciativa para instar al Gobierno central a no autorizar la firma del Acuerdo Económico y Comercial Global (CETA)Un total de 32 ayuntamientos valencianos, que aglutinan a más de un millón de personas, han rechazado este acuerdo.
23-Sep-2016 La DiariaSuplemento especial elaborado por La Diaria, Uruguay, dedicado a los Tratados de Libre Comercio.
23-Sep-2016 TeleSurDozens of Indigenous people in Peru have been absolved of accusations that they were responsible for a massacre seven years ago that killed at least 32 people, due to intense conflict triggered by the country’s free trade agreements.
22-Sep-2016 CADTMIl est urgent de lever le silence qui entoure cette question dans notre pays et de présenter des éléments de réflexion critique et de débat sur ce sujet
21-Sep-2016 El EconomistaMiles de personas se manifestaron hoy (20-9) en el barrio europeo de Bruselas contra el TTIP y el pacto comercial ya cerrado con Canadá (conocido por CETA), aún pendiente de ratificación.
21-Sep-2016 EurActivThousands of protesters marched through Brussels to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals.
21-Sep-2016 Le MondePlusieurs milliers de personnes manifestaient à Bruxelles pour dénoncer le traité de libre-échange transatlantique que l’UE négocie avec les Etats-Unis (TTIP) et son équivalent avec le Canada (CETA).
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