case you haven’t heard, there are two trade deals being negotiated. One is the
Transatlantic Trade Agreement and the other is the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement
(TPP). These deals are being promoted by governments to the people as a means of
facilitating trade and improving the economies of the countries involved.
While government is supposed to be transparent and serve the needs of people,
these trade deals have been negotiated in total secrecy. Part way through the
negotiations, some of the detail on these trade agreements was published on
WikiLeaks and it became clear that ordinary citizens are dispensable.
As more information was released into the public domain, opinions on both sides
of the fence became heated. Business insiders and corporations love the deals
because it gives them unprecedented rights. But to the ordinary citizen, and
especially those who are mindful of the deteriorating state of the world in
terms of economics, climate change and social justice, they are vehemently
opposed to these deals.
The business people who support these trade deals have a lot to gain. They will
have access to new markets and they will be able to operate above and beyond the
restrictive laws of any country.
Ordinary citizens will have fewer rights, those who value life and are concerned
for the welfare of humanity and life on earth are appalled by the content of
these trade deals because for the countries involved, it means they are
surrendering their national sovereignty or autonomy to
If we look at our recent history, after World War II life in western countries
flourished and we saw the rise of a middle-class who were dependent on
creativity and the production of things people needed, and life was good. After
the ‘new age’ revolution of the 1960s, things slowly begin to change and we have
arrived at the point where the global economy is broken beyond repair. Not only
that, our environment is changing rapidly in large part tomankind’s
impacton the planet. The way
we’re going, all life on earth they be extinguished within the next hundred
Trade agreements go further than just trade
These trade agreements have a built-in or ‘copyright’ protection. This means
that if a company in the USA owns the intellectual copyright for a product or an
idea, no other country will be able to produce and market a similar product or
A world divided
The business leaders of the world had been programmed to believe in the current
economic model, but if humanity is going to survive beyond 2050, everyone will
need to survive on 40% less of everything including water and the air we
The current business model is resource hungry, it is converting the materials
found on this planet into consumer goods that have a very short lifespan. Most
people know that our oceans are filled with billions of tonnes of garbage in
addition to our enormous landfills.
In terms of health, what is referred to as allopathic medicine is all about
treating the symptoms of a disease. This is done either by surgical removal of a
diseased body part will by using chemistry to suppress and mask the symptoms of
The alternative model for life is that humanity must learn to live within its
means and do what can to maintain the environment on which we are entirely
dependent. Another was we had to adapt to our environment instead of raping the
environment to meet our perceived needs as in the current business model.
The alternative view on health is that we should treat the symptoms of disease
to make life comfortable, but at the same time find the cause of the disease and
remove the root to effect a complete cure.
Trade agreements and our health
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Mr John Key has publicly acknowledged that some
medicines will become more expensive and it is written in these agreements that
generic copies of medicines will become less available. So in terms ofallopathicmedicine,
treatments will become more expensive.
When it comes to what is referred to as alternative or complementary medicine,
corporations have been trying to get rid of this annoyance for a long time. The
natural and holistic approach to human health has expanded or around the world
with a success rate as good as the ability that allopathic medicine has to treat
Natural medicine treats the cause of disease and despite its success, healthcare
corporations want to get rid of it because it undermines their bottom line; i.e.
profits. Modern healthcare is primarily about profits, in the USA when it
patient arrives in hospital, they are unlikely to receive treatment unless they
have insurance. This approach to health care is spreading around the world, the
NHS in Britain, the public health care systems in New Zealand and Australia are
being dismantled and privatised.
Prior to World War II, the infrastructure and assets of countries belonged to
people, but now the ownership of infrastructure and national assets is being
transferred to privately owned corporations. Corporations like Nestlé even want
to privatise all water in the world and corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta
are working hard to ‘own’ all food production so that in effect the people of
the world have to find the means of paying for absolutely everything. In fact it
would be no surprise to learn that some corporation was attempting to monetise
the air we breathe!
Returning to the corporatisation of medicine. In Florida it has been alleged
that corporations are executing
natural health practitioners who
become noted for their success, but Canada has another process underway.
December 31st, 2015. A secret consensus document was submitted by the College of
Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) and 5 other regulatory Colleges to Ontario’s
Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins.
It reveals how that under privatisation, a corporate or other institution can
gain exclusive rights to an aspect of healthcare to such a degree that they can
use a country’s legal processes to force other healthcare professionals to
either join and pay tribute to the association or stop working within the field.
For the average person this means that under the TPP, there will be fewer
choices in healthcare. It may well mean for instance that under the new
regulations, anyone using a practise like yoga to affect their health will be
doing something illegal.
Similarly when it comes to food production, laws are already in place in
countries like New Zealand aimed at preventing people from producing their own
food or sharing the food they grow with their friends and neighbours.
Under these new trade agreements, this really will be the end of the world as we
once knew it. It will accelerate the current drift of the middle class towards
poverty and a world as reflected in the recent movies ‘the hunger games’.
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