Why will there never be anything done about climate Change? Why? Because there is nothing that can be done without affecting trade. Trade between countries trump any legislation a country might try to pass to get its citizens to buy products that are not transported half way around the world. Products that are produced in Canada using Canadian materials by Canadian workers.
Country of origin labeling. Sounds like a great idea, especially when it comes to food. Knowing the source of the things that you put on your family’s dinner table is the responsible thing to do.
Unfortunately, that has been ruled by he World Trade Organization (a group of non-elected appointees) as a trade barrier.
Trade agreements takes he regulation of a country’s food supply out of the hands of elected representatives and placing it into the hands of bureaucrats located in Switzerland.
Trade is king. When it come to saving the planet, nothing will ever be done that hinders trade. Global trade is a very large contributor to the environmental issues that threaten human existence….and that ain’t going to change anytime soon…or ever.
Spending Bill Eliminates Rule for Labels Specifying Meat’s Country of Origin
Lawmakers were concerned Canada and Mexico soon would tariff U.S. goods in retaliation
The spending bill passed by Congress on Friday eliminates a meat-labeling regulation that for years has divided the U.S. livestock industry and angered two of the nation’s biggest trading partners.
A provision in the $1.15 trillion spending measure, which is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, repeals a rule that since 2009 has required meat packers to list animals’ country of origin on packages of beef and pork.
The provision drew bipartisan support in Congress because lawmakers were concerned Canada and Mexico soon would slap tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for the rule, which they deemed as protectionist. The World Trade Organization last week gave Canada and Mexico the authority to impose $1.01 billion in tariffs after ruling earlier this year that the rule discriminated against Canadian and Mexican livestock
Industries from wine to furniture makers lobbied Congress to repeal the rule to avoid tariffs on their exports. Canadian trade officials in recent years said the country could target U.S. food items such as frozen orange juice, ketchup and beef. Also on the list were stainless-steel pipes and tubes, swivel chairs and mattresses. That upset the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers, which jointly led a coalition of industry associations pushing for a repeal.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) said it was “critical that we come together to resolve this issue so that our businesses do not face the cost of retaliation. I’m pleased we’ve done that on a bipartisan basis.”