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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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News from the movements
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20-Oct-2016 Bangkok PostAccess to affordable medicine and farmers’ control over seeds could be undermined by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership being negotiated between Asean member countries and six other trade partners, says FTA Watch in Thailand
20-Oct-2016 CEOA close look at the controversial EU-Canada trade deal shows that concerns blocking its ratification are well-founded.
19-Oct-2016 Telesur“We don’t want what happened to us to happen to the people in Dakota,” Piaguaje told teleSUR.
18-Oct-2016 Peoples WorldIn protests billed as “anti-colonial” demonstrations, Peruvians hit the streets on 12 October against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement
17-Oct-2016 No al TTIPEn el marco de una semana repleta de protestas para detener la aprobación del tratado de libre comercio entre la Unión Europea y Estados Unidos (TTIP) y la ratificación del CETA (el acuerdo de la Unión Europea con Canadá), la plataforma estatal ‘No al TTIP’ ha movilizado este sábado a miles de personas a lo largo de la geografía española y muy especialmente en la capital de España.
17-Oct-2016 Stop TTIPOver 100 law professors from across Europe have come together to send a clear message to EU decision makers demanding the investor protection mechanisms be excluded from TTIP and CETA.
17-Oct-2016 The Jakarta PostAn activist group is calling on the government to not ratify the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) clause on International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 1991, saying that it will increase global corporations’ monopolistic control over small farmers.
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