The debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership just got a little bit more huffy (cool adjective I just invented) as The Huffington Post leaked links to documents that US trade negotiators have tried to keep away from the public eye that were released by Public Citizen. And of course, the same is true for every other country that joins the TPP. The international tribunal will be able to overrule any national legislation that is not in line with the TPP rules. Forget about national legislation, that is so old-school. Democracy? I don't think so.Say your country has environmental laws and consumer protection rules, that are not so much appreciated by some multinational corporation, be it chemicals, energy, cars, food, or medicines.
The Trans-Pacific deal has Intellectual Property (IP) provision rules that would prevent the development of useful new products in the
technology space, blocking the release of new products.
If national rules do not confirm with TPP negotiated terms, the for…
Activists from some 40 Japanese NGOs held events yesterday on January 26 aimed to "further the cause of proposing sustainable alternatives to the neo-liberal worldview". The World Social Forum was held in the Arakawa district of Tokyo, as part of a global day of action.
A series of workshops were held on social justice and greater economic equality. Below is the translated version of their call for action, as well as a list of the workshops. Japanese WSF website here, international WSF website here (English).
Our Call for Action - "Why Does It Have to Be in Arakawa?" At multiple venues in the Arakawa district, we will be hosting a forum centered on a series of workshops pertinent to the topic of "neo-liberalism" and its alternatives. In every January since 2001, the "World Social Forum" in which social movements from literally around the world come together to demand globalization of hope and solidarity, and reject the globalization based on war an…
Great documentary, it made me cry. I fought so hard 20 years ago to tell the story of Monsanto's crimes and especially the massive use of glyphosate (Roundup) and its links to cancer. Did my newspaper articles and blogs and consumer activism make any difference?
What I tried to convey, was that all the toxicology data was on the active ingredient only, and not on the final product (Roundup) that people use. When you add the other chemicals to glyphosate, and spray that product, you get risks. Rules at national levels go with the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius rules. At such meetings I attended back then, the ignorance of what this company was pulling off was staggering. On the other hand, I was asked, "Could you make a better rule?"
Unless we eat organic, this is how most of our food gets made.
Australian ABC made the video, do spread the message.
Now that German Bayer owns Monsanto, expect things to get better, anyone?