The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a treaty between the EU and USA. Its proponents argue that it will increase trade, economic growth and prosperity for both parties. A main aim of the treaty, however, is to reduce “barriers to trade” in the form of social and environmental protections. This discussion will look at how the treaty will affect food production, from GM to animal welfare, food safety to the environment. Will this treaty, currently being negotiated in secret, help or hinder the path to a sustainable food system?
Helena, co-director of EcoNexus, has worked on a wide range of environmental and human rights issues. Since 2006 she has
worked on biofuels, the bioeconomy, and climate and agriculture, looking at the implications for food sovereignty, biodi-
versity, climate, soil and water, land rights and human rights of proposed developments. Since 2009 she has also focused
on synthetic biology and geoengineering. She has authored and co-authored a number of papers and a book, Hungry Corporations, published by Zed Books.
Robert is Food Policy Coordinator at ARC2020, which works for better food, farming and rural development policies. The main focus of his work is to advocate for a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Robert’s background is in public health, nutrition and food policy. Previous to his current position, he was a research fellow at Aalborg University, with a research and teaching focus on Sustainable Food Systems Transition and Governance. Robert is active in EU policy discussion as member of expert groups in variety of areas including the Common Agricultural Policy, food safety and nutrition and food chain governance.
Sam is a Campaigner in the Food, Land Use and Water Security Programme at Friends of the Earth. He spearheads their work on trade and is one of the central figures in the UK civil society movement opposing TTIP.
Tom has followed the relationship between international trade and agriculture over many years. He has managed agricultural reform projects, analysed trade negotiations for Oxfam and is an authority on the commodities trade, including its impact on food security. Recently he has studied the plans for TTIP for a leading campaign group, and he is now investigating the possible use of financial regulations to restrain land grabs in poorer countries. His acclaimed book, Making Poverty:A History (Zed Books, 2008), opened up the complex relations between the mechanisms of world trade and rural poverty.