Selling Off the Farm


Joint report with contributions by Compassion in World Farming, IATP, PowerShift and AbL. July 2016

Executive summary (3MB) | Full report (22MB)

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Proponents argue that it will increase trade, leading to economic growth and jobs. But Selling Off the Farm, an examination of public negotiating positions, leaked texts and industry documents, has found that the powerful meat industry is using TTIP to reduce standards that protect public health and undermine governments’ ability to create essential labour, environmental and animal welfare reforms in the future. It threatens to weaken regulations and undermine small-scale farming in Europe.

"European animal welfare organisations have been waiting for the Commission to strengthen existing legislation and enact more species specific laws on farm animals for several years. But the intense pressure to increase production and lower costs, regardless of how animals, workers or farmers are treated, drives the global agribusiness industry. TTIP will increase trade and pressure to cut costs, thereby going in absolutely the opposite direction to what the European public is demanding — stronger and better animal welfare." Olga Kikou, European Affairs Manager, Compassion in World Farming

Executive summary (3MB) | Full report (22MB)

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