Another step in the fight against Monsanto – please consider signing this petition.

I don’t know how many of you get the emails from Avaaz.org, so am posting about the one I received today. I am ashamed, but not surprised to see that the current government of Canada is in on this deal. But Harper doesn’t care about Canada or Canadians; only about the $$$$$

I don’t know if the links will work, but there is always copy and paste . . . Here’s the body of my email:
Dear friends across Canada,

Canada and 11 other countries are rushing to agree on a trade deal that would let companies sue our government to get rid of laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! But we only have 48 hours to stop this corporate takeover. Sign up now before Monsanto uncorks the champagne:

Monsanto’s about to celebrate their biggest coup ever, but we’ve got until the weekend to stop them.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a huge, ultra-secret deal between Canada and 11 other countries that would give corporations unprecedented power — allowing them to use new global tribunals to sue our governments for passing laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! This could apply to everything from labeling GMO foods to protecting internet freedom. Wikileaks has broken the story and opposition is building fast, but the countries are rushing to seal the deal in 48 hours.

This is insane, but we have a chance to stop it — if we can get Canada to pull out now, the whole deal could crumble. Let’s deluge our Trade Minister Ed Fast with a call to stand strong and stop this corporate takeover before Monsanto uncorks the champagne. Sign up now and share this with everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_champagne_for_monsanto_loc_ca/?baZQHdb&v=32172

The leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership drafts read like an extended Christmas wish-list for big business — it would set a global standard of companies imposing their will on our governments through an opaque system of tribunals. These courts could limit access to cheap generic medicines in favour of branded medicines, and even allow US cigarette companies to sue our government over health regulations that they say threaten profits! It’s almost too crazy to be true.

But practically no one has heard of the TPP! The talks are so secretive that not even our elected lawmakers know what’s in it — just the negotiators and 600 corporate lobbyists. Now leaked texts have shocked politicians and citizens worldwide. And they are pushing back on the corporate bullying, and against the US that is hell-bent on getting a deal agreed before there is too much public scrutiny.

The TPP infringes on our rights and undermines our democracy — it infringes on our rights and undermines our democracies just to protect the corporate bottom line. And we only have days to stop it. Join the urgent call and tell everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_champagne_for_monsanto_loc_ca/?baZQHdb&v=32172

It can be easy to feel small in the face of big corporate forces driving our governments. But people, not money, are the true source of power. Time and again, our community has proved that when we come together to protect our rights against corporate takeover, we can win. Let’s now stop this unprecedented threat to our democracies.

With hope,

Alice, David, Jooyea, Alex, Aldine, Julien, Ricken, and the Avaaz team

SOURCES:

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/13/wikileaks-trans-pacific-partnership-chapter-secret

Full text of the leaked draft text (Wikileaks)
http://wikileaks.org/tpp/

The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of ‘free trade’ (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/19/trans-pacific-partnership-corporate-usurp-congress

Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022349766_biztaltoncol01xml.html

For Free Trade’s Sake, Get IP Out of the TPP (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-watson/for-free-trades-sake_b_4325963.html

Philip Morris Leads Plain Packs Battle in Global Trade Arena (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-22/philip-morris-leads-plain-packs-battle-in-global-trade-arena.html

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19 thoughts on “Another step in the fight against Monsanto – please consider signing this petition.

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  2. And I just mis-attributed a quote! It is not Mandela’s quote, it is Marianne Williamsons quote! It is one of those internet myths – and I just got on the train and rode, even though I actually knew it wasn’t his….. Isn’t that amazing how we can do things so unconsciously that we perpetrate a lie!!

    When I was writing the comment above I knew I needed to be clear about who said it – and promptly wrote down the wrong name …EVEN THOUGH I HAVE READ THE BOOK IT IS IN!!

    I’m going to blame age 🙂

      • Number 2 on the bloody list!…sigh…our government would sell all of our souls if it thought they could get some milage out of them 😦

      • Ours, too . . . is that revolution I hear rumbling along? Nope, just the sounds of the greedy rushing to save a dew bucks at the expense of human life and happiness, not to mention their country’s downfall . . . sigh

      • The thing is, you are I are living in a generation that caused most of this and when our generation dies out we are leaving our kids and their kids with all of the problems. I don’t feel guilty, just UBER inclinded to live simply and carefully to try to balance out the damage that our brethren have done (and are continuing to do) in the name of homes in Tennerife, a suite of Mercedes and Foie Gras on toast for 11’es 😦

  3. I’ve already signed our version of this petition as NZ is one of the 12 countries involved. Our PM, John Keys has turned out to be just another brainless twit, selling out his country and it’s people on the bribes and promises made by a giant corporation that intends to rule the world.

    I read ‘Cloud Atlas’ a few years ago and thought the futuristic Corpocracy was fiction – turns out it isn’t!

    🙂 That’s todays rant – thanks for sharing the post Linne.

      • If you’ve only had one, you have done well . . . we’ve had a bunch; some more destructive than others. I have not forgiven Mulroney for Free Trade.

    • I wonder why, all over the world, we keep electing ‘charming’ sociopaths instead of true leaders. They only lead us down that slippery path that often cannot be retraced. I am hoping the recent scandals will bring down our government. Sad, that. And already so much damage has been done. Harper removed nearly all the protection for our waterways and we’ve had that for over a century, as I recall. Free Trade, that came in under Mulroney, has been so bad for all but those already rich. And then we have sociopaths like Kevin O’Leary (Dragons’ Den) loudly promoting that “greed us good” . . . There was a reason the Seven Deadly Sins were called Deadly . . .

      I still cringe at ‘decadent’ used as a desirable term, too. The image I have is of rotting meat (decadent = decaying) . . .

      I wonder why we are drawn to the lowest so often when we are capable of so much . . . are we just (collectively) lazy? Or simply still immature as a race? I also cringe when I hear of plans to spread our culture beyond this planet . . . first thing we did on the moon was litter . . . maybe mass disaster is needed; “go to your room ’til you decide to play nicely’ . . . 😉

      • Mandela said it best: ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most.’ People mostly make decisions out of fear – whether they know it or not. [My own life is littered with the results of those decisions!] To be truly free, we have to learn to become conscious of our own drivers – learn to control the only thing we can which is ourselves. As Gandhi said ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. I try to do that as do so many of our blogging pals…. 🙂

      • Oh, just what I needed to hear this morning. I, too, have left a littered trail behind me . . . the thing is, what will I leave today? and tomorrow . . .

        You are right that we fear our power and then let that fear drive our decisions (and litter our trails).

        You are setting a great example; I am determined to do the same . . .

        Today, not looking back unless with love . . .

        Did you know that fear and excitement create the exact same physiological responses? Why I love roller-coasters and worse, I think. 😉 One day, I will be in the Guinness Book of Records for “oldest woman to ride the XXX; scariest ride ever!) 🙂

        We do need to BE the change and the light . . .

        Thanks so much, Pauline. ~ Linne

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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