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Blog | October 14, 2016

Join Farm Aid for the Week of Action to Stop the TPP!

by Alicia Harvie

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is coming and it’s up to us to stop it.

This week, organizations from across the country are coming together to call on Congress to Stop the TPP. Our best information indicates that the post-election “lame duck” session of Congress is when President Obama will try to push through this bad trade deal.

We need to contact our members of Congress now and tell them not to vote for the TPP. Calls are a quick, effective and direct way to get your message through. Here’s how:

  1. Call (877) 852-4710 to be connected to your U.S. Representative’s district office.
  2. A staff person will answer. Tell them your name, where you’re from and simply say:
    “I’m opposed to the TPP because it is bad for U.S. farmers, our food system and our environment. I want you to stand up to corporate interests and vote NO on this trade deal. Thank you.”
  3. Once you’re done, help us get the word out and forward this to your friends and family!

For those who care about family farmers and our food, there’s a long list of reasons to oppose this deal. When you call, you can add more detail about what concerns you, such as:

  • Past trade deals have failed to deliver on promises of new export markets that benefit family farmers. Any export gains benefit the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not farmers themselves. Meanwhile, US farmers will face a surge of low-priced agricultural imports, especially cattle producers and dairy farmers who are already facing low prices.
  • It would allow foreign companies to challenge the U.S. government if they feel that consumer labeling, public health and environmental laws threaten their profits. This undermines local control to protect our food and our natural resources.

Our best chance to stop the TPP is to push our elected officials to take a public position on the TPP before Election Day. Will your member of Congress side with family farmers and good food, or multinational corporations?

Call (877) 852-4710 and tell your member of Congress to REJECT the TPP!

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