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09 JUNE 2015

Artists Against TTIP

"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, pronounced tee-tip) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – largely in secret – between the European Union and the USA.

The scope of the negotiations is very broad. The stated goal is to reduce 'barriers to trade' between the EU and US. In practice TTIP would lead to a huge transfer of power from democratically elected governments to large corporations. The implications for public health, the environment, public service provision, financial regulation, labour standards and social protections are profound. On top of this, research produced for the European Commission estimates that TTIP will lead to the loss of 1 million jobs."

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Andrew Scott • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)Australian Government • back door • banking regulations • bi-lateral trade agreement • big business • clinical trials • controversial policy • data privacy • environmental legislation • EU • EU REACH • EuropeEuropean Parliamentfinancial crisis • food safety • fracking • growth hormones • international treaties • Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) • Juliet Stevenson • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) • pharmaceutical companies • Philip Morrisprivacy rights • public awareness campaign • Quebecregulatory framework • Ruth Wilson • sovereigntytoxic substancestrade agreement • trade deal • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) • transnational corporations • TTIP • US farmers • USA • Vivienne Westwood

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
02 SEPTEMBER 2008

Planned obsolescence causing ecological catastrophe

"This is a story about recycling – about how your best intentions to be green can be channelled into an underground sewer that flows from the United States [to Guiyu in Southern China].
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At a recycling event in Denver, 60 Minutes found cars bumper–to–bumper for blocks, in a line that lasted for hours. They were there to drop off their computers, PDAs, TVs and other electronic waste.

Asked what he thought happens once his e–waste goes into recycling, one man told [60 Minutes correspondent Scott] Pelley, "Well my assumption is they break it apart and take all the heavy metals and out and then try to recycle some of the stuff that's bad."

Most folks in line were hoping to do the right thing, expecting that their waste would be recycled in state–of–the–art facilities that exist here in America. But really, there's no way for them to know where all of this is going. The recycling industry is exploding and, as it turns out, some so–called recyclers are shipping the waste overseas, where it's broken down for the precious metals inside.
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Greenpeace has been filming around Guiyu and caught the recycling work. Women were heating circuit boards over a coal fire, pulling out chips and pouring off the lead solder. Men were using what is literally a medieval acid recipe to extract gold. Pollution has ruined the town. Drinking water is trucked in. Scientists have studied the area and discovered that Guiyu has the highest levels of cancer–causing dioxins in the world. They found pregnancies are six times more likely to end in miscarriage, and that seven out of ten kids have too much lead in their blood."
(60 Minutes, CBS, 9 November 2008)

[This activity is apparently not only restricted to the USA. According Elizabeth Grossman toxic material is also being sent from Europe and Japan.]

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2008 • BAN (acronym) • Basel Action Network • consumptionDenverdesign responsibilitye-wasteecologicalethicsexploitationgreenGreenpeace • Guiyu • harmful chemicals • Natural Resources Defense Council • obsolescencePeoples Republic of Chinapoisonpovertyprecious metalsrare earthsrecycled garbagerecyclingrubbishsustainabilitytoxic materialstoxic substancestoxicological effectsUSAwaste

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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