There will be a free public meeting and information session “TTIP: Tipping the Scales Against You!” at the Cork Quaker Meeting House on 29th May 2015. The event will include presentations by Barry Finnegan (Griffith College, Dublin) and Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School).

What is TTIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. Its stated primary aim is to increase economic growth in both areas through the removal of the few remaining tariffs or import/export taxes between the two zones, and the unification of regulatory standards between the EU and the US. This may sound like a good idea at first, but the proposed unification of regulatory standards could have alarming consequences.

Why is this meeting important? 

In her “Slow Food Ireland” statement, Darina Allen points out that TTIP “poses a serious threat to the currently well-regulated Irish and European food industry”. For example, it could mean that chemicals that are used in food production in the US but currently banned in Europe would no longer be banned. Current EU regulations that require measures along the whole chain of production to guarantee the safety of the final product could also be in jeopardy. Other concerns that have been expressed about TTIP include the fact that the ongoing negotiations are being carried out “behind closed doors”. Another worry is that the financial gain predicted due to TTIP is relatively small, but would come at a high cost to our environmental regulations and social standards.

Where and when? 

This has led to the organisation of a free public meeting and information session, to be held at the Cork Quaker Meeting House on Summerhill South on Friday 29th May at 7.00 pm. These concerns and others will be addressed by the speakers, Barry Finnegan and Darina Allen. There will also be time for discussion over tea and coffee following the talk. Barry is a lecturer and Senior Course Tutor at the Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications in Griffith College, Dublin. He holds an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University and is a researcher with ATTAC Ireland. Darina established the Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983. She is Ireland’s best known cook, and has authored over 10 books and presented on 6 television series.

For further information, contact Denise Gabuzda (085-7285287, d.gabuzda@ucc.ie).