Target: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Goal: Don’t abandon strict food safety regulations in order to trade with the U.S.
The European Union (EU) has banned the import of American meat and poultry for years because of the low food safety standards of American meat. Livestock is injected with hormones and antibiotics, and after slaughter meat and poultry are doused in chlorine. It’s no wonder that the EU has been shunning American-raised meat. American laws allow for inhumane and unclean facilities both when animals are raised and during slaughter. Until recently, the EU wanted nothing to do with these practices.
The US and the EU are currently working on a trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The major obstacle holding back an agreement is the EU’s strong food and product safety regulations. The EU is not interested in America’s produce containing genetically modified organisms, hormone-pumped beef, or chlorine-washed chicken. But talks continue, and the EU has a strong desire to make an agreement because it would greatly help the European economy. Thus, we need to tell the leaders of the EU that lowering food safety standards to accommodate the bad practices of the United States is not the answer. Neither the Europeans nor Americans should be eating chemical residue in their meat. Tell the EU that you support their high standards and that a trade agreement without these standards is unacceptable.
Dear Mr. Barroso,
The European Union has made great strides in its food safety policies and clearly acts in order to protect citizens from the use of harmful and potentially harmful hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, and chemicals in their food supply. On the other hand, the United States is in another world where the use of chemical additives is acceptable because it means fast profit.
The EU and the US are currently working on TTIP, which would economically benefit both parties, so it is understandable that the EU is working hard to make an agreement. However, reducing food safety standards in order to make this deal happen is an unacceptable solution. I am writing to you to tell you to uphold the policies that the EU currently has in place. Don’t bend to the will of the US and endanger the citizens of the EU. It is about time that the US change its farming and slaughter practices, and your resilience in upholding the food safety policies of the EU could be all the provocation needed. I support strict food safety regulations in the EU. Please keep them in place.
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