Trading away localization in TTIP

By Karen Hansen-Kuhn   
Published May 5, 2014

Local FoodTradeFree trade agreements

All over the world, communities and nations are developing new ways to rebuild local economies. In the U.S. and Europe, a growing number of people are taking a look at the processed foods at the supermarket and opting instead for healthier choices: foods that are local, in season and grown with fewer pesticides. In emerging economies like Brazil, policies favor local farmers growing sustainable foods for school lunch programs and in doing so have lowered hunger rates dramatically. Perhaps most importantly, these policies haven’ solely focused on individual consumer choices. People are using their rights as citizens to make sure governments from local to national support localization. Now, an unprecedented new proposal in the U.S.-EU trade agreement seeks to target localization, particularly in emerging economies around the world.

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