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FTA and the Food on our Tables

FTA and the food on our tables (pdf)

Free Trade Agreements and the Food on our Tables

Report by Yasuaki Yamaura

Consumers Union of Japan/Food Action 21

The purpose of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) is to lower tariffs and reduce other barriers for products traded between two countries. Since 2002, Japan has concluded FTAs with Singapore, Mexico and Malaysia, and is also currently in the process of negotiating deals with South Korea, India and Australia.

I participated in two meetings sponsored by NGOs and experts that oppose FTA negotiations in Sydney, Australia, in parallel with the APEC Summit in September, 2007. People from different backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region voiced their opinions and shared experiences of how their countries are dealing with trade liberalization, investment rules, intellectual property rights and other topics. I was also invited to give a talk about the problems related to agriculture and food systems.

(Read the entire report in the pdf document)

Australia-Japan FTA: A Bad Deal Should Be Stopped

Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement- A bad deal should be stopped

Joint Statement from Australian and Japanese people

We, the undersigned people and organisations, believe that the Australia Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will not bring real benefits to the people of Australia and Japan.

Given that Australia and Japan already have a strong trading relationship; the predicted economic benefits are unlikely; and that social and environmental costs have not been considered, we believe that the negotiations of this FTA should not take place. Instead, we believe there is a need to rethink multi lateral trade rules and develop a global trading system based on real development, fairness, democracy, and sustainability.

Read the full text of the joint statement (PDF file):

Australia-Japan FTA: A bad deal should be stopped

Signed in May 2007 by Consumers Union of Japan and 23 Japanese organisations, as well as 90 Australian organisations and networks.

Japan Resources No. 139

Japan Resources No. 139 (pdf)

CONTENTS:

  • EDC Conference in Seoul, South Korea
  • Demand: To exclude farm products from Japan-Australia FTA negotiations
  • Statement of opposition to the violations against the Japan-U.S. Beef Agreement
  • We request that imports of American beef should be prohibited and demand strict country-of-origin labeling rules
  • Breaking News: CUJ finds benzene in popular soft drinks
  • Appeal Against Patents on Life
  • Report: Attempt to Legitimate GM Contamination Blocked
  • To the participants of the WG Meeting on Low-level Presence of rDNA Plant Material
  • To our readers