Evidence of threats to public health continue to rise around the controversial, 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The latest puts seafood safety at the top of the list by trading away food inspection and safety regulations for higher corporate profits.
A new Food and Water Watch report contains dire warnings about just how dangerous America’s seafood supply could get if TPP passes.
Half the seafood we import is raised in high-density fish farms—not caught by fishing boats. The conditions of these factory fish farms, often over-crowded and unsanitary, are a recipe for disease and infection. Fish farms in countries like Malaysia and Vietnam (both members of the TPP) often seek to combat disease by using veterinary drugs and antibiotics that are banned in the United States—and the TPP would only increase imports from these countries, overtaxing our already-overburdened border inspectors.
The TPP also puts our regulatory standards at risk. The TPP would also allow exporting countries to challenge U.S. seafood standards as illegal trade barriers, making it harder for inspectors to protect us from banned drugs that pose a health risk to humans. This means that Vietnam or Malaysia could challenge and weaken the FDA’s “red list” or banned veterinary drugs.
Allowing the import of potentially poisoned seafood is clearly not in the best interests of the public. However, it does benefit the bottom line of commercial fisheries that would be able to turn America into a dumping ground for unsafe seafood imports that would otherwise be banned.
Food Safety is only part of the treachery that corporate interests are poised to inflict on an unsuspecting public.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has been sounding the alarm bells on TPP for more than a year. She recently added her name to a letter to the Obama administration requesting the elimination of investor-state provisions (ISDS) that allow foreign corporations to sue US taxpayers and challenge local laws they don’t like.
The reason the TPP was negotiated in secret has become crystal clear. If people knew that it was nothing but an instrument to trade away their safety and right to self-govern, it would have never gotten as far as it has.
There is still time to stop it. Contact your elected representatives by visiting https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials and tell them to say “No” to TPP.
*** Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit” This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destinies are more connected to the powers of the Spirit World than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. Afterlife: The Journey of a Dog’s Spirit is available now on Amazon.com.