It'll be harder to protect our environment


The government has suggested that one of the areas of gains in the TPPA is in environmental protection, but the useful measures on curbing fisheries subsidies and trade in endangered species are far outweighed by the provisions that undermine environmental laws. These include threats to NZ’s restrictions on product labelling for GM content, sugar content and food safety; threats to regulation of mining, fracking and pollution from ISDS challenges; and threats to action on climate change – the TPPA fails to even make a mention of climate change anywhere in its 6147 pages. Instead, proposed references to climate change and the UNFCCC in the environment chapter have disappeared. They now refer to a low emissions economy.

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