Trade

Friends of the Earth’s longstanding program on international trade seeks to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental dangers and undemocratic nature of trade agreements. We monitor existing trade and investment deals and currently are working to prevent the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the “NAFTA of the Pacific,” from being able to overturn laws that protect the environment.


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USMCA and China trade deals combined push planet towards climate crisis

Senate approval of USMCA comes just as the Trump Administration signed a trade agreement with China in which China agrees to buy $52.4 billion of additional U.S. energy products, which will result in billions of dollars in exports of climate-damaging and community-poisoning liquefied natural gas, crude oil and coal.

Applause for Schumer over USMCA opposition

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today voted against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, aka Trump’s NAFTA, a deal that will make climate change worse and strip citizens of the right to challenge polluters.

Pelosi, House leadership, push planet towards climate crisis with USMCA deal

The new USMCA fails to address nearly all environmental issues raised by communities from across North America and will fail to protect people and the planet from toxic pollution at the local, national and international levels.

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Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet
Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet

If the U.S. and the EU follow through with their commitments, the new trade relationship would mean more fracking in the U.S. and an attack on European standards for genetically modified organisms, chemicals and other sensitive issues. But this should be no surprise, since both sides prioritize corporate interests over…

Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation is a cynical ploy
Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation is a cynical ploy

Trump’s rhetoric and actions since taking office demonstrate that he is using NAFTA renegotiation to amplify his war on the planet and to expose the American people to dangerous pollution, unsafe products, and catastrophic global warming.

NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment
NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment

A new NAFTA on the TPP model would lead to less regulation of Big Ag’s environmentally harmful factory farming practices resulting in worse air and water pollution, inhumane treatment of animals, deforestation, and massive use of environmentally-hazardous pesticides, chemical fertilizers and fossil fuels.