Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Will the TPP leave US dairy farms running dry?

Japanese farmers and consumers are rallying today in Tokyo against the latest job-killing trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They expect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to announce soon that Japan will enter talks for the deal, dubbed "NAFTA on steroids."

The Japanese share the same concerns as American dairy farmers, workers and consumers: that the TPP will allow dairy imports from New Zealand to decimate vulnerable dairy farms, throw thousands out of people out of work and diminish food safety.

In the video above, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa explains the threat to nearly 1 million dairy workers, including 30,000 Teamsters. He joins syndicated talk show host Thom Hartmann in a segment called "Got Milk?" Here's the promo for the segment:
If President Obama has his way US dairy farms may soon be running dry, leaving Americans to drink the milk of foreign cows. But how can we prevent this from happening -- and ensure that the milk we drink is 100 percent Made in America?
Please watch.