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Secret Scheme Will Have Profound Affect on Life as We Know It

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) The final version of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now awaiting ratification in Congress, and its long awaited text was released earlier this month. What’s the TTP? It’s a 5,544 page treasonous trade deal negotiated in secret over several years by the governments of twelve countries including the USA, all of which border the Pacific Rim. The TPP was created in collusion with corporate interests, and is a weapon against democracy, the environment, and the will of the people. Once it is enacted, the quality of life we now know will be profoundly changed, and the freedom of healthcare easily taken for granted may no longer exist.

Under the TPP, corporations become even more powerful than they already are. As an example of this power, multinational corporations such as Pfizer, Monsanto, and General Motors will gain the ability to sue participating governments for damages to their balance sheets that result from legislation such as mandatory food labeling, safety standards in autos, or banking regulations. The TTP will put an end to national food sovereignty and natural medicines. Any law that puts people ahead of profits may be overturned under its rule.

Three big ways the TPP can immediately reduce quality of life for people living in the U.S.

Although there are many ways in which the TPP can reduce the quality of life for people living in the U.S., three areas stand out as having great impact: food safety, patent laws, and intellectual property.

Under the TPP, food safety laws such as those regulating pesticides, food labeling or the use of food additives can be compared to international standards. If the international standards are less stringent, the more stringent laws may be deemed an illegal barrier to trade, and the government sponsoring such regulations can be sued by multinational corporations in an international court. According to the Alliance of Natural Health (ANH), such international standards are largely determined by global special interests, and do not represent what is best for consumers. Such a set up is a gift to Big Food at the expense of public health.

In addition, the TPP will undercut efforts now in place to inspect imported foods, limiting such inspections to what it refers to as is reasonable and necessary. “This provision, referred to as the Rapid Response Mechanism, may give exporting countries the right to challenge basic food safety provisions in the U.S.,” says ANH.


Under the TPP, the stratospheric drug prices in the U.S. will be exported to all its participating countries, reflecting Big Pharma’s heavy hand in this deal. Signatory countries will be obligated to play by the same patent rules that send prices soaring in the U.S. As of now, the patents on traditional drugs are active for 20 years plus another 5 years on research results, after which competitors can market a generic version without repeating the entire process of clinical trials. Do they really need more perks?

Apparently so, as the TPP will extend and broaden data protections in the industry that will help keep prices sky high and delay even more the time it takes to get a less costly generic up and running. It also allows drug companies to extend patent protection when an old drug is used in a new way. As for biologic drugs, Big Pharma gets as much as 8 years of exclusivity. This is the group of medicines manufactured in living systems such as a microorganism, plant, or animal cells.

Biotech seed companies make out well too under TPP, which will eliminate the ability of farmers to save seeds while forcing participating nations to allow multinational biotech companies to patent whole plants as intellectual property. Although the Obama administration has attempted to conceal this underhanded takeover of the food supply, the release of the TPP’s provisions has made it clear that corporations like Monsanto will soon supplant governments as ruling bodies.

The TPP will punish countries that try to mandate labeling or the banning of GMOs, in the name of free trade. The stated goal is the forcing of parties to the deal to make patents on plants available as well as to protect plant varieties under the 1991 Protection of New Varieties of Plant Act (UPOV). The patent monopoly already a part of UPOV combined with the provisions of the TPP will make it virtually impossible for farmers to grow clean, patent-free foods, and to save the seeds from their crops to use for next year’s harvest. Independent farmers will become a thing of the past in the corporate takeover of food.

Can the TPP be stopped?

It is apparent that most of the people who will be affected by the TPP have never heard of it. There is little to nothing about it in mainstream media, though it affects about 40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP is like NAFTA on steroids, and it may strike the final blow to manufacturing in America and as well the middle class. TPP creates incentives for U.S. firms to offshore jobs to other countries, where they can operate under privileged foreign investor status to evade those countries’ regulatory policies and court systems. Because it was born in secrecy and kept in secrecy until now, we may soon be looking at a world we don’t recognize. The ratification of the TPP is due this spring.

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About the author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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