An article in TDN (November 3, 2015) titled “More info’s necessary on Trans Pacific Partnership” ( describes the main benefits and next steps of the TPP deal. The author highlights the advantages that the agreement represents for fruit growers in a state that exports about 30% of its apples, cherries, and pears. Fruit is just one set of products, the commercial deal will cover hundreds of billions of dollars from medicine, airplane parts to intellectual property. The relevance is that the 12 nations that are part of the TPP account 40% of the world’s economy. Critics have raised the question about the secrecy of the TPP process. What could be the main trade offs not publicly shared yet that this agreement involves?

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