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Three aspects of TPP that roll back progress on trade: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch on Democracy Now*

One, in the area of access to affordable medicines, the TPP's rules on patents, actually both for developing countries but also for us, would roll back that initial reform and make medicine more expensive in pretty dramatic ways.

Number two, the investor-state dispute resolution system is actually expanded out, in ways we should discuss, so that more kinds of laws can be attacked, and many more companies will be able to attack US laws.

And then the third thing that was kind of a shocker is there is an expansion of the kind of attacks you can have on food safety, on imported food safety, which is really serious, because Malaysia and Vietnam, two of the TPP countries, are amongst the major importers of seafood and shrimp - a lot of their stuff gets stopped now for being unsafe - but this agreement would give them new rights to basically attack our stopping their stuff for food safety purposes and flood us with unsafe imports.

*Excerpted from Democracy Now.  To read more shift click on:   http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33562-critics-say-full-text-of-tpp-trade-deal-is-even-worse-than-they-thought

Nancy Abbey2015-12-01T18:14:05Z
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