01-23-17 RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

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RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

DENVER, CO –  Action by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is welcome news, says Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dale McCall.

“Our members have had deep concerns about this trade agreement ever since we first heard of it. Voters across the country, and especially in rural communities, made it clear that trade agreements have failed to have any real value to many hard-working Americans.”

McCall, who operates a multigeneration family farm near Yuma, CO says trade agreements are written to achieve goals that work for industries, not necessarily individuals. “Trade agreements create winners and losers. Americans overall are not seeing benefits such as more jobs and higher wages. While it may look good to import cheaper consumer items, it comes at the price of seeing our manufacturing jobs and our money exported to other nations,” he says. Currency manipulation is another action taken by trading partners to put the U.S. at a disadvantage, McCall explains.

“In agriculture, trade agreements force American farmers and ranchers to compete on an unlevel playing field that works against them. The U.S. sets high standards for quality, assuring our food products adhere to safety and environmental rules. We have no way of making sure other countries can, or will make a real effort to, equal these requirements and there’s little we can do to correct this in a timely fashion,” he adds.

“If President Trump is serious about negotiating fair trade agreements, the next step will be to restore County-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) for poultry, beef, and pork. Nine of every ten American consumers want to know where their food comes from. Let’s let them know,” he says.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization, whose members live in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.