If you’ve been listening to or reading the news at any point over the past year, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. While the term may be familiar, the connection between TPP and what you find on your dinner plate may not be.
TPP is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – comprising around 40 percent of global GDP. The agreement provides expedited and relaxed trade rules that make it easier for goods to be traded among partner countries. Congress must ratify TPP before it becomes law and may be voting on the pact during the lame-duck session. Given some of the grave implications for farmers, food safety and public health, TPP should not be ratified. A new report from the Center for Food Safety (CFS), TPP Serves Up an Unsavory Dinner, illustrates how TPP could impact what’s on your plate.