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Superbug Apocalypse: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Harms Public Health

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Laura Ķeniņš, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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2015 1208ld fb"Superbug Apocalypse: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Harms Public Health" is the latest in "Growing Season," The Ladydrawers' comics exploration of the links between public health, race and food policy, by Laura Ķeniņš and Anne Elizabeth Moore. In it, we consider the public health implications of food-labeling concerns raised by recent World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings and the recently released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you thought the only reason to be concerned was eight years of government secrecy surrounding the trade deal, its relation to the growing likelihood of antibacterial-resistant strains of bacteria from unchecked antibiotics in our food may give you nightmares.

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Footnotes

1. "Autoimmune Statistics." The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. https://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/autoimmune-statistics/ (Accessed November 4, 2015).

2. David Nakamura, "Deal reached on Pacific Rim trade pact in boost for Obama economic agenda," The Washington Post (October 5, 2015). https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/deal-reached-on-pacific-rim-trade-pact/2015/10/05/7c567f00-6b56-11e5-b31c-d80d62b53e28_story.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

3. Michael Bowman, "Skeptical US Lawmakers Await Text of Massive Pacific Trade Pact," Voice of America (November 3, 2015). http://www.voanews.com/content/skeptical-us-lawmakers-awit-text-of-massive-pacific-trade-pact/3035437.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

4. Harriet Jones, "Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement 'Deeply Disappointing,'" WNPR (October 5, 2015). http://wnpr.org/post/rep-rosa-delauro-trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-deeply-disappointing#stream/0 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

5. Daniel Strauss, "Bernie Sanders bashes trade agreement as 'disastrous,'" Politico (October 5, 2015). http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/trade-deal-bernie-sanders-reacts-214426 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

6. "Hatch Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations" (October 5, 2015). http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/releases?ID=28814b07-dc2b-4c6a-b7b9-415ad832ae37 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

7. "Food labels and the trouble with trade deals," Los Angeles Times (May 20, 2015). http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-food-labels-20150520-story.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

8. Sarah Reid, "How TPP could make things sticky for Quebec's maple syrup producers," Financial Post (November 3, 2015). http://business.financialpost.com/news/agriculture/how-tpp-could-make-things-sticky-for-quebecs-maple-syrup-producers (Accessed November 4, 2015).

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Laura Ķeniņš

Laura Ķeniņš is an artist, writer and editor who lives in Halifax, Canada, and Riga, Latvia. Her comics have been published in kuš! Comics, Darling Sleeper, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Coast and others, and exhibited internationally. She is currently working on a book about women and saunas.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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Superbug Apocalypse: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Harms Public Health

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Laura Ķeniņš, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

2015 1208ld fb"Superbug Apocalypse: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Harms Public Health" is the latest in "Growing Season," The Ladydrawers' comics exploration of the links between public health, race and food policy, by Laura Ķeniņš and Anne Elizabeth Moore. In it, we consider the public health implications of food-labeling concerns raised by recent World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings and the recently released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you thought the only reason to be concerned was eight years of government secrecy surrounding the trade deal, its relation to the growing likelihood of antibacterial-resistant strains of bacteria from unchecked antibiotics in our food may give you nightmares.

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Footnotes

1. "Autoimmune Statistics." The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. https://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/autoimmune-statistics/ (Accessed November 4, 2015).

2. David Nakamura, "Deal reached on Pacific Rim trade pact in boost for Obama economic agenda," The Washington Post (October 5, 2015). https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/deal-reached-on-pacific-rim-trade-pact/2015/10/05/7c567f00-6b56-11e5-b31c-d80d62b53e28_story.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

3. Michael Bowman, "Skeptical US Lawmakers Await Text of Massive Pacific Trade Pact," Voice of America (November 3, 2015). http://www.voanews.com/content/skeptical-us-lawmakers-awit-text-of-massive-pacific-trade-pact/3035437.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

4. Harriet Jones, "Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement 'Deeply Disappointing,'" WNPR (October 5, 2015). http://wnpr.org/post/rep-rosa-delauro-trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-deeply-disappointing#stream/0 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

5. Daniel Strauss, "Bernie Sanders bashes trade agreement as 'disastrous,'" Politico (October 5, 2015). http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/trade-deal-bernie-sanders-reacts-214426 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

6. "Hatch Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations" (October 5, 2015). http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/releases?ID=28814b07-dc2b-4c6a-b7b9-415ad832ae37 (Accessed November 4, 2015).

7. "Food labels and the trouble with trade deals," Los Angeles Times (May 20, 2015). http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-food-labels-20150520-story.html (Accessed November 4, 2015).

8. Sarah Reid, "How TPP could make things sticky for Quebec's maple syrup producers," Financial Post (November 3, 2015). http://business.financialpost.com/news/agriculture/how-tpp-could-make-things-sticky-for-quebecs-maple-syrup-producers (Accessed November 4, 2015).

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Laura Ķeniņš

Laura Ķeniņš is an artist, writer and editor who lives in Halifax, Canada, and Riga, Latvia. Her comics have been published in kuš! Comics, Darling Sleeper, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Coast and others, and exhibited internationally. She is currently working on a book about women and saunas.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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By Melissa Mendes, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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