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This is more than just about meat. Even if you don’t eat meat you should be concerned. It will impact all food and ultimately almost certainly will bring radioactive food from Japan to the US because Japan’s radiation in food “standard” is over 15 times more protective than the US food “standard”. It is clear where their radioactive food will go – countries, like the US, with weaker standards. Additionally, it will further contribute to the depression of wages in the US farming and food processing sector. You can expect more desperate immigrants from Mexico as more traditional lands are stolen from Mexicans to feed the USA, as well as for mining.
US Food Choice to Go Up in Smoke.USDA photos
Doing things against the interest of the American people, often on the sneak like this, has become a never-ending full-time job of the US Congress, and keeping up with their misdeeds is more than full-time job. There needs to be a line item veto. The vast majority of Congress need to be fired. A good number need to be sent to clean-up Fukushima and WIPP and all of the old nuclear sites. The country is ruled by traitors.
Pity the Children of the American Revolution. America has nothing for them. Pity more the American Indians. Pity the animals and the environment. May God help us all.
From Common Dreams.org:
“And Just Like That, “Free Trade” Pact Trounces US Law
Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Common Dreams
Congress kills country-of-original label law with provision tucked into omnibus budget by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Congress’ elimination of the rule “makes clear that trade agreements can—and do—threaten even the most favored U.S. consumer protections,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
Claims that trade pacts like the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not trump public health and environmental policies were revealed to be fiction on Tuesday after Congress, bending to the will of the World Trade Organization, killed the popular country-of-origin label (COOL) law.
The provision, tucked inside the omnibus budget agreement, repeals a law that required labels for certain packaged meats, which food safety and consumer groups have said is essential for consumer choice and animal welfare, as well as environmental and public health.
Congress successful revoked the mandate just over one week after the WTO ruled that the U.S. could be forced to pay $1 billion annually to its NAFTA partners, which argued that the law “accorded unfavorable treatment to Canadian and Mexican livestock.”
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division, said that consumers relied on the standard to “make informed choices about their food,” and that Congress’ elimination of the rule “makes clear that trade agreements can—and do—threaten even the most favored U.S. consumer protections.”
The move flies in the face of statements made by President Barack Obama, who—arguing in favor of the 12-nation TPP, pledged that “no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.”
Indeed, Wallach argues that repealing the COOL law might prove to be a “real problem for administration efforts to pass the [TPP}–which faces opposition from an unprecedentedly diverse coalition of organizations and members of Congress—because claims that trade pacts cannot harm U.S. consumer and environmental policies have been a mainstay of their campaign.”