The Landworkers’Alliance will be joining a national day of action on the 12th July against the EU-US trade negotiations known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP.

Protests are planned in various locations around the country. For you local demonstration see www.nottip.org.uk/nationaldayofaction/

Contact the Landworkers’ Alliance onlandworkersalliance@riseup.net if you are planning to attend and we will do our best to put you in touch with other landworkers in your area. Look out for our press releases in the coming weeks and do get in touch if you want to be more involved in the campaign.

A little information about the TTIP:

Unlike traditional trade deals, TTIP is more focussed on erroding regulatory standards that overcoming tariffs. It is likely to have serious impacts on food sovereignty and small farmers in the EU and the US on a number of fronts. From the little information availible the main issues for food and farming are:

  • Food standards and food safety will be lowered, moving us away from the precautionary principle used in the EU towards the US model where the burden of responsibility to prove something is unsafe lies with the government and the public rather than the company introducting the new items.
  • Pesticide use will be encouraged by a push to increase the ‘maximum residue levels’ legally allowed.
  • Levels of animal welfare will be driven down by moves to increase the use of chemical washes on carcasses rather than improving animal welfare in production.
  • GM labelling isunder attack from the biotechnology industry who want to shift the issue of labelling onto products that don’t include GM rater than those that do. They are also pushing for more GM cultivation in Europe.
  • Localisation in procurement is being challenged as an obstacle to free trade, this will prevent puclic institutions from prioritising local produce in their sourcing.Needless to say the Landworkers’Alliance is lobbying hard against the TTIP in solidarity with other trade unions and food and farming groups around Europe

     

Resources to learn more:

“Stop TTIP” – two minute video

“10 reasons TTIP is bad for good food and farming” (IATP)

“EU-US trade deal: a bumper crop for ‘big food’?” (Friends of the Earth Europe & IATP)

“Trade matters: TTIP impacts on food and farming” (Center for Food Safety)

“30 Reasons why Greens oppose TTIP”

“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A charter for deregulation, an attack on jobs, an end to democracy” (John Hilary)