Newsletter 138: If the TPP Will Benefit Us, Why Can’t We See It?

Fair World Project: For A Better World

If the TPP Will Benefit Us, Why Can’t We See It?
(May 13th 2015)

Thanks to Your Support We Sat Down With Driscoll’s to Strike a Deal for Farmworkers

The farmworker union at Sakuma Brothers Farm in Washington, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, is gearing up for another growing season with protests and demonstrations, asking for a better deal this year. But thanks to those of you (nearly 10,000) who signed a letter in support of the farmworkers, a new dialogue has opened up. In response to this letter, Driscoll’s, a company that partners with Sakuma Brothers to grow and market blueberries and blackberries, invited Fair World Project to meet for a dialogue. FWP accepted this offer for a conversation, and reached out to representatives of the Familias Unidas por la Justicia and other stakeholders to attend as well. Driscoll’s has affirmed that they will back the union’s right to freedom of association. There is still work to be done to ensure the farmworkers get their jobs back this season and are able to secure a fair contract, but the dialogue is moving in the right direction thanks to your support!

 If the TPP Will Benefit Us, Why Can't We See ItIf the TPP Will Benefit Us, Why Can’t We See It?

President Obama is pushing hard for Fast Track, the bill that will allow him to continue to negotiate and finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in secret. He maintains that it will benefit everyone, not just large, multi-national corporations, but if that is the case, why can’t the public and expert analysts see the text?

In the mean time, Senate can shut down Fast Track. Senators may take a procedural vote this week that would cut off debate on Fast Track. Call your Senator today and ask them to vote No on Cloture and No on Fast Track. Call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and get connected to your Senators.

Nestle Update

Fair World Project was pleased to confirm that Nestle intends to use real vanilla from real farmers, rather than synbio vanilla, when it makes the switch away from artificial ingredients later this month. This should be an example to other brands that have not made this commitment. Unfortunately, Nestle has not committed to sourcing vanilla on fair trade terms, even though there are fair trade vanilla farmers looking to expand their markets. Nestle has also not confirmed that their commitment to avoiding synbio expands beyond vanilla.

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