I read about this WTO ruling against China earlier this week and was meaning to blog about it.
The decision announced today by the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a huge victory for American workers. In clear and unequivocal language, the WTO stated that China’s decision to limit the export of key raw materials violated the commitments China made when it joined the WTO.
People don’t realize how protective an economy China really is. They manipulate their currency and restrict imports. In this case China restricted exports of raw materials because it went against their national economic interests.
Now the WTO is interfering with how we label beef. You can tell this was a bad move because the Cattleman’s Beef Association loves the ruling. I bet they love E. coli too. These people are responsible for Barbara Kowalcyk’s two year old son dying from E. coli.
Consumers, ranchers, farmers and legislators worked hard to pass the labeling rules after seeing ground beef horror stories in Schlosser’s movie and book Fast Food Nation.
Heck, even free marketeers will be upset with the WTO ruling, since labeling transparency allows the consumer to make the free choice as to what kind of product they want to buy without the government dictating the outcome.
I have to agree with Public Citizen when they say:
WTO interference in these types of labeling schemes are likely to further erode support for so-called "trade" deals.
Until we can get trade deals right for the American people then I say no more.