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All nations should have the right to democratically establish domestic environmental, health, and farm policies that serve the public interest. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States, corporations can sue sovereign nations over duly enacted domestic policies that threaten their profits. Corporations can sue for a law or protection to be overturned and for monetary compensation for the loss of projected future profits.
Multinational food corporations and meatpackers used the threat of lawsuits based on NAFTA’s investor-state dispute settlement provision to force Congress to repeal country-of-origin labels for meat, despite widespread public support for the labels.
Canada, Mexico, and the United States are renegotiating NAFTA. Congress must approve any new agreement.
Contact your members of Congress today. Tell them any new agreement should:
Eliminate the investor-state dispute settlement provision; and
Restore country-of-origin labeling of pork and beef.
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