We've covered TTIP in these parts before, looking at just what effect it will have on Irish farmers.
An example of this is the impact the $3 billion worth of beef that will flood the European market each year will have, with a study by Friends of the Earth predicting "far-reaching social and environmental consequences for some EU regions". It's also expected the dairy producers will be hit by price decreases despite an increase in exports from the EU to the USA by $3.7 billion.
It's understandable then why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is causing unease, but it's also worth looking at the effect the deal will have on the food arriving to our market.
The Cork branch of Friends of the Earth has released the video below to show what Irish producers will be competing with. As things stand, regulations prevent some of the more 'experimental' American produce from landing on supermarket shelves. TTIP will change this however as a way to increase trade between the territories.
It sounds fine in theory, until we get to the "rat lettuce". Have a look at the video below if you’d like to learn more about that and other such delights that could be on the way.