Is America the Evil Empire?
US trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal. In other words, as the EU was ready to ban pesticides, US trade representative, on behalf of the Obama administration, stepped in with trade deal threats.
Related:Report: transatlantic trade agreement could increase toxic pesticide use
International trade agreement proposals could roll back protections from harmful pesticides in the US and EU, according to a new report (pdf) expected to be released Wednesday.
As part of the transatlantic trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors, trade groups have recommended policies – under the banner of lifting trade barriers – that could impact pesticide regulations in both the US and the European Union. The proposals put forward by CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association would reduce protection compared to the more stringent pesticide standards already in place in the EU and in individual US states, said the Center for International Environmental Law, or Ciel.
“If adopted, these recommendations will thwart pesticide regulation that is vital for protecting workers, consumers and communities,” said Erica Smith, the report’s lead author.http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jan/07/ttip-trade-agreement-pesticides-toxics-health-environment