26 Nov '13, 12pm

Secret trade deals attack global health and environment - News - The Ecologist

Secret trade deals attack global health and environment - News - The Ecologist

The trade deals allow companies to undermine or sidestep virtually any local restrictions that are tougher than the laxest rules. It's impossible to say for sure: the talks have been shrouded in secrecy, and while hundreds of corporate bigwigs have been included in the negotiating process, potential critics - and even some U.S. lawmakers - have been denied access to the draft treaties. Leaked fragments make one thing clear, though: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aren't just about trade. Rather, they're an attempt to impose regulatory uniformity across the free-trade zones, making environmental, health and safety rules interchangeable among member nations. Trade negotiators say that would strengthen regulatory protections, but activists aren't convinced. "It's difficult to see how you can have mutual recogni...

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