The Transatlantic “Free Trade” Agreement Lacks Transparency, Benefits Corporations – NOT America
The Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) is one of the latest “free trade” agreements being proposed that would bridge the economies of the United States and the European Union. After a recommendation from the United States-European Union High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, negotiations regarding the details of TAFTA began in early 2013.
In a similar show of protest to what we have seen with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), many in the public are outraged that TAFTA lacks transparency. Officials taking part in the creation of TAFTA have been accused of conducting secretive, closed-door negotiations, much like we’ve seen with the TPP.
According to Public Citizen, a wide-array of people and organizations have stepped forward with concerns about TAFTA’s threats to food safety, climate change policy, family farmers, Internet freedom, workers’ rights, access to medicines, financial regulation and other critical public interest objectives.
Perhaps the biggest concern regarding TAFTA is how greatly multinational corporations will benefit. While TAFTA — primarily the TTIP (a sort of bi-product of TAFTA) — would effectively address a number of un-addressed non-tariff barriers and other U.S. and EU trade regulations and standards, there is concern that greedy corporations would take advantage of the TTIP and manipulate the trade agreement into assuring the consolidation of financial, economic, and political power into their own hands.
Many of these greedy corporations are also dangerous because they are constantly looking for ways to boost their profits. According to Mike Adams, the editor of NaturalNews.com, they will even go to such extreme lengths as exposing entire populations to toxic food products, sacrificing the financial future of nations for short-term gain, destroying the environment, and inciting war so they can sell more profitable weapons to war-torn countries around the world.
Clearly TAFTA and its bi-product, TTIP, will end up being more job-killing and expensive “free trade” agreements the U.S. simply cannot afford. Let your congressional representative know that we must stop TAFTA. Send this article to five of your friends and ask them to do the same!