Connect With Us

Secret TPP Meetings Could Ban GMO Labeling

In October 2013, representatives from 12 national governments and about 600 multinational corporations met in Bali, Indonesia for the latest round of negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that” some observers believe could pull the rug out from under national and local governments trying to regulate the sale and import of GMO foods,” according to James Trimarco.

When asked if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would outlaw the labeling or banning of GMO foods, Tony Corbo of Food and Water Watch pointed out that because the text is being negotiated in secret, it’s hard to say. Some chapters have been leaked—including 2,376 highly redacted pages obtained as a result of a freedom of information request by Australia’s Pirate Party—but much of the text remains a secret.

A former lobbyist for Monsanto, Islam Siddique, is the chief US negotiator on agriculture. Since the FDA does not recognize GMO foods as any different form non-GMO foods, they do not see a reason that products containing GMO ingredients should be specially labeled.

Commenting on the leaked TPP chapter which details how corporations could seek financial compensation for non-tariff barriers to trade, Arthur Stamoulis of the Citizens Trade Campaign observed, “The Tribunals that adjudicate these cases don’t have the power to literally demand that a government changes its policies, but they can award payments worth millions and even billions of dollars, such that if a country doesn’t want additional cases brought against it, it gets the line.”

Source: James Trimarco, “Will a Secretive International Trade Deal Ban GMO Labeling?”, YES! Magazine, October 18 2013, http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/will-secretive-international-trade-deal-ban-gmo-labeling-trans-pacific-partnership.

Student Researcher: Brandon Karns (Sonoma State University)
Community Evaluator: Thadeus Dean Humphrey

  • Brenda Schouten-Beckett December 7, 2013

    Tried to share this on Facebook and Google+ but was unable to do so.

Events

Ray

Ray McGovern

Recent Validated News

14039756849_c7355e977b

Nurses Accuse Hospital Giant of Pulling Billboards Exposing Price Gouging

Censored Notebook

Oscar Grant Casket by Jacob Ruff

Law Enforcement Related Deaths in the US: “Justifiable Homicides” and the Impacts on Families

Recent Radio Show


Warning: sprintf(): Too few arguments in /home/mediafre/public_html/projectcensored.org/wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/core/skin/boxes.php on line 1779

Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Project Censored 2014
Receive a Free Project Censored "Top 25 Censored Stories" Book For Being a Member
Become a $5 monthly subscriber to Project Censored and as long as you are a member, every year we will send you the newest Project Censored Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the Year book. You can choose paperback or e-book, you can cancel your monthly support at any time, and your support is tax deductible. 

Book, button, 3@2x