port, shipping, cargoThe Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is supposedly nearing its finalization today before being turned over to a vote by the governing bodies of the various 12 countries involved. Among the final hurdles recently cleared and those yet to be cleared are environmental-protection conditions, and dairy products and pharmaceuticals respectively. Late yesterday at their reportedly final meeting in Maui, negotiators reached agreements on environmental protections although organizations such as the Sierra Club continue to say not enough is being done or committed to in this vein. The Sierra Club is not alone; aside from the remaining hurdles, there are many other concerned parties sounding off, to put it mildly.Continue reading