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Trade: Time for a New Vision, 20pp
by Alternative Trade Mandate
Monday Mar 10th, 2014 5:19 AM
50 civil society organizations crafted the Alternative Trade Mandate in January 2014. States should have the right to resist financial deregulation, risky financial products, genetically modified corn and salmon and chlorinated chicken. The Investor-State Settlement mechanism in the TTIP gives corporations the same status as nation states, undermines sovereignty and allows corporations to have rights without responsibilities or liabilities.
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"Trade should be about exchange, with ecologically
and culturally distinct regions equitably sharing their
products, skills and creativity. But in recent decades,
trade has become less about exchange of goods and more
about eliminating social and environmental safeguards
in pursuit of corporate profit. The proposed EU-US free
trade agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership – is a good example: while the elimination of
trade barriers between Europe and the US is touted as a
way out of the economic doldrums for these two blocs, in
reality it is set to seriously erode social, environmental and
labor rights.

This ever-quickening race to the bottom has destroyed
lives, livelihoods and communities. Today, trade is used
as a system of control by the powerful, and to promote the
specific interests of the few..."