Why trade agreements undermine our health and environment

Article – Jodie Bruning It’s a week of action for those opposing the TPPA – but across the world citizens on all continents are opposing other trade agreements structured similarly to the TPPA, for example the TTIP, an agreement between the US and Europe. These international …10 reasons why trade agreements undermine our health and environment. It’s a week of action for those opposing the TPPA – but across the world citizens on all continents are opposing other trade agreements structured similarly to the TPPA, for example the TTIP, an agreement between the US and Europe. These international trade agreements with ISDS provisions act the same way in every country that signs – they act to impose a ‘regulatory chill’ – and the frequently challenge government regulation that has been enacted in the best interest of the general public – not the multinational corporation. As a result – it is not just Kiwis who have reason to be concerned. 10 reasons why trade ‘agreements’ & ISDS tribunals undermine public interest regulation, threatening our health and the environment – all over the world. 1. ISDS tribunals have rejected requests to defer to government regulations when these have been enacted in good faith with no intent to harm corporate profits. 2. ISDS tribunals’ decisions have historically required scientific “proof”. However regulatory bodies/ governments have a duty of care. Acting in the...

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