In addition, these civic-minded and active Americans would be backed by 75 percent of Americans who think that the TPP should be rejected or delayed, according to a bipartisan poll from the Wall Street Journal. People know what these “pull–down” trade agreements have done to them in their own communities.”
________________We are explaining how industry lawyers are using bullying tactics and flawed arguments to try to dissuade governments from implementing strict marketing controls such as the International Code and Resolutions. We are reminding the UK Government that it has a duty to protect child health and that TTIP can only make consumer and human and environmental rights protection much more problematic. CLICK HERE for a criticism of a previous Blog and Update 46 – along with our response to that criticism.
CLICK HERE for a new article, CONFRONTING THE FORMULA FEEDING EPIDEMIC IN A NEW ERA OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT LIBERALISATION published in the JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY No By Julie Smith, Judith Galtry and Libby Salmon
At long last the NGO concerns are prompting consultations, petitions, media reports and rallying calls. Here are some of them:
EU: Public consultation on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP For background papers and instructions for responding click here or here
The deadline for responses to this consultation has been extended to 13 July due to the level of high interest (14000 submissions).
War on Want response to the above consultation
Download this excellent booklet by John Hilary” The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: a Charter for deregulation, and attack on jobs, an end to democracy
Media stories:Rip up the TTIP http://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/rip-up-the-ttip.24357476
Impact on baby food marketing
The Kogan Law Group is a New York City–based firm specializing in ‘identifying and addressing emerging regulatory, policy, and trade risks posed to multinational company assets, operations, and supply chains.’ Kogan, and the ‘non profit’ Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD – http://goo.gl/0qTBpa) cleverly use selected parts of trade agreements without recognising that governments have sovereign rights and duties to protect health.
Kogan argues that Hong Kong‘s draft code, that covers all products for children below 36 months, is not only trade restrictive, but will not protect breastfeeding. He proposes following the example of Australia, New Zealand and the UK – restricting the scope! With enough support governments can counter these flawed arguments and bullying tactics and go on to bring in much needed laws, implementing all WHA Resolutions.
UPDATE : We have received the comment below apparently from ITSSD taking issue with the above article. CLICK HERE for our analysis of this comment