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Monsanto uncorking the champagne

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

welve countries are rushing to agree a trade deal that could trash all of our rights to free internet and to label GM food. It would even allow cigarette companies to sue governments and overturn laws protecting our health. It’s almost too crazy to be true, and we’ve only got till the weekend to stop it.

This outrageous agreement would hand Monsanto and Co the keys to all our democracies on a silver platterBut the ultra secretive deal can only move forward if all countries agree, and three of them are wobbling. If we build a crescendo of global support in the next 48 hours for them to stay strong against big business lobbyists, we could scupper this corporate takeover.

Chile, New Zealand and Australia are our best chance. Politicians and citizens in the three countries are ramping up the pressure — but unless we get behind them right now, we could be too late to save our democracies. Sign the urgent petition and share with everyone — let’s help stop this mega deal before Monsanto starts uncorking the champagne:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_corporate_death_star_5/?bQaeAbb&v=32090

The leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership drafts read like an extended Christmas wish-list for big business — it would set a global standard of businesses imposing their will on our governments through a system of opaque tribunals. Similar courts already let tobacco giant Philip Morris sue Australia over plans to strip logos from cigarette packages, and could give Monsanto the right to challenge labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods.

The talks for this deal are so secretive that not even our elected lawmakers know what’s in it — just the negotiators and 600 corporate lobbyists.Only some vigilant independent watchdogs have been tracking the negotiations, but now leaked texts are out and have shocked politicians and citizens from Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. They are now urgently pushing back on the corporate bullying, but are up against the US who has made this it’s #1 trade priority and is hellbent on pushing the TPP into place now before there is too much public scrutiny.

We have one chance to stop it this week. Join the urgent call — if we build a 2 million strong petition now, citizens and politicians in the key three countries will carry our voices to their leaders:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_corporate_death_star_5/?bQaeAbb&v=32090

It can be easy to feel small in the face of big corporate forces with big bucks driving our governments. But people, not money, are the true source of their power. From internet censorship attempts in SOPA and PIPA to ACTA and last year’s CISPA, our movement has, time and again, proven that we can come together to protect our rights against corporate takeover. Let’s join together, once again, and bring our power to stop this unprecedented threat to our democracies.

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