Selling Off the Farm
Joint report with contributions by Compassion in World Farming, IATP, PowerShift and AbL. July 2016
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
More on TTIP
Leaked documents confirm TTIP fears. May 2016.
Revealed negotiation texts indicate an unwillingness from the US to include animal welfare provisions in the trade agreement.
TTIP: a recipe for disaster. December 2014
Joint report examining potential impact of TTIP on food and farming on both sides of the Atlantic and its potential to undermine a more sustainable food system.
TTIP – trade opportunity or tipping point? November 2014
Compassion’s Chief Executive writes: “You may think that huge international trade agreements are not the most exciting subject for a blog, but bear with me, because what is happening at the moment will affect you directly – by changing the food that you eat.”
Concern over EU food safety following leaked EU-US trade agreement draft.
Concern over EU Compassion in World Farming, Friends of the Earth Europe and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy sent an open letter to the European Commission highlighting the problem with the apparent current plans.
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