Post written by Natalie Yoon from United Students for Fair Trade
Although many don’t know it, the food justice movement is facing a colossal monster that not only threatens our global food system, but also undermines our ability to fight for change. It is disguised as “free trade agreement”. Before you fall asleep at the sound of “trade agreement”, read on because this will affect you, me, and social justice movements around the world.
It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and it’s is a massive new free trade agreement that the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other countries around the Pacific. It’s the most ambitious trade agreement in history, encompassing 40% of the global economy. Corporate advisors have been writing the TPP, while the public has been completely left in the dark. You can probably guess what that means: great for big business, catastrophe for people and the planet. Among the many destructive impacts the TPP would have--including attacks on labor rights, access to medicine, financial regulation, and environmental protection-- one of the most concerning is its potential effect on the global food supply.