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Don’t read this article

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2012
Section: Reports
Author: Jon Carapiet

In this opinion piece Jon Carapiet raises concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), particularly around New Zealand’s GE-free status

It’s a bit hard writing an article about the TPPA, not just because I am no expert, but because of the secrecy that surrounds it. Like any secret, it is not open to scrutiny or evaluation. Even though we occasionally see mention of these innocuous-sounding initials, it seems the government is keen not to have public input on the TPPA negotiations. They’d rather you did not read this article or bother yourself with what this free trade agreement could mean for people living in New Zealand. The international calls for the draft agreements to be released have gone ignored and indeed these agreements are to be kept secret for years after a final agreement comes into force.

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