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Agribusiness's secretive plans to unravel food safety and worker protections

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Treat, Sharon Anglin (main author)
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International: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
agri-marketers, agribusiness, agricultural policy, commercial organizations, consumer information, ethical issues, food safety, government, information control, information issues, international communication, international cooperation, international organizations, international trade, public information, regulations, lobbying, negotiation, information access, Canada (North America), USA (United States of America; North America), secrecy, worker rights
4 pages., via website, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy., As Congress and the public debate the pros and cons of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or New NAFTA, behind the scenes and in the shadows transnational corporations are doubling down on their plans to weaken and eliminate public protections through a related entity, the secretive Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). This littleknown council has the mission of promoting trade by “reducing, eliminating or preventing unnecessary regulatory differences” between Canada and the United States. Since the RCC’s inception, agribusiness—including factory-farmed livestock producers, the feed industry, and chemical and pesticide manufacturers and linked transportation businesses—has had a seat at the regulatory cooperation table. Their focus, without exception, has been advocating the scaling back and even elimination of important safety protections in both countries. In the U.S., recommendations made by the RCC feed directly into regulations enacted (or eliminated) by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency, among others