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How a Secretive “Free Trade” Deal Endangers Romania’s Forests


“Since the TTIP has failed, the EU just had to think up a new monstrosity: JEFTA, an agreement on free trade with Japan that is about to be finalized and that hardly anybody has heard about despite the four-year negotiations,” Gefira reports:

On July 6 the EU Commission and Japan decided to complete the JEFTA agreement. It is outrageous that the EU citizens have scarcely been informed about it. The same was true of TTIP and CEFTA: people only learnt about it when huge protests were staged. So also now the most important documents concerning JEFTA have only been made known to us through a leak affair.

Among the several reasons Europeans ought to be concerned is the following:

Japan is the world’s largest importer of wood. Greenpeace asserts that the country is also the largest importer of illegal wood […] because Japan has defective law in this respect. Romania is among the countries that may be most negatively affected by JEFTA; at present the country’s last primeval forests are being felled down, which is prohibited in other European countries. The EU is incapable of preventing Romania from pursuing this practice, so JEFTA will be an opportunity for Japan to chop down European forests.

“Forests are boring and talking about their destruction is even worse – isn’t that right, you ignoramus?” snaps Irene Teodor in a 2014 article for Vice.

If you didn’t have any forests you’d be breathing tar, just like the people of Bucharest, where I happen to be from. You’d also have to replace your car/bike/tube carriage with a boat, because forests help drain rain water, while the mountainous areas would be filled with homeless people, because forests play an important role  in local economies.

Between 1990 and 2011, hundreds of thousands of hectares of Romanian forest were deforested, both by private companies and the government. About 900 hectares of woodland disappeared over a period of four years in the region of Agres alone without anyone noticing – until 2012, when a reforestation process started. The cost of that operation has now reached about €2 billion (£1.6 billion), and that’s only paying for replanting in half of the affected area – there are still hundreds of hectares that nobody’s taking care of.

“But that doesn’t mean that the forest is OK,” explains Radu Vlad of the World Wide Fund for Nature, who says that government statistics on the subject can be misleading:

The surface of a forest is calculated by the terrain it’s on, so even a forest in which all the trees have been cut to their stumps is considered “forested”. Sometimes the surface is theoretically grown by also calling the terrain occupied with shrubbery and grasslands for feeding animals, a forest. Which is why the National Statistics Institute says Romania has more forests than ten years ago.

Quality-wise, forests have suffered a lot. Even though they count as forested areas, these places have been severely trimmed down or completely removed, without any chances of regeneration. But there are still forests that have been taken care of properly and which are still helping the environment.

Partisans of the theory of “global warming” should be particularly concerned about JEFTA. “According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation,” warns Scientific American. “The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that when trees are felled they release the carbon they are storing into the atmosphere, where it mingles with greenhouse gases from other sources and contributes to global warming accordingly.”

Mint Press News offers speculation that British politicians are hoping to capitalize on Brexit to weaken environmental regulations in the UK and that the move toward deregulation signaled by JEFTA may give these interested parties “the green light to do so by weakening its demands over environmental standards in its latest trade deal with Japan.”

“Adopting JEFTA, the EU will send to the United States a signal that Europe is not going to follow President Trump’s protectionist policies,” concludes Gefira. “Yet, trade ought not to be pursed for the sake of trade, it ought to be a means to achieving a goal which is the protection of jobs and the environment.”

Rainer Chlodwig von K.


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Author, Protocols of the Elders of Zanuck: Psychological Warfare and Filth at the Movies

13 comments on “How a Secretive “Free Trade” Deal Endangers Romania’s Forests

  1. icareviews
    September 4, 2017

    Reblogged this on icareviews.


  2. smartwhiteguy
    September 5, 2017

    What’s up with that “Blaire Witch Project” knock off at the end?
    I was hoping Big Foot was going to put in an appearance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • icareviews
      September 5, 2017

      I was just looking for something to lighten the tone of the post a little at the end, since the subject is probably a little dry for most people’s taste. I try to inject a small element of fun into my posts since the subject matter isn’t naturally sunny.

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      • smartwhiteguy
        September 5, 2017

        It’s hard to find good forest videos.

        Liked by 1 person

      • icareviews
        September 5, 2017

        I ended up having to do a little yard work for my grandmother over the weekend and cut down some little trees that were growing up through her huge holly tree. I don’t usually pay much attention to things in nature, but it was really striking to see how many organisms were competing for resources. In addition to the various varieties of trees shooting up right under the holly, there was a creeper vine and some sort of berry bush, plus spiders, ants, sow bugs, and other things benefiting from the various plants in one way or another. I had to crawl back through the branches of the holly tree a ways to get at the unwanted trees my grandmother wanted me to attack, and there was a whole world and history under there. A poet could have made something out of it, but all I came out with was some sort of bug bite.

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      • smartwhiteguy
        September 5, 2017

        You’re a major part of bug history now, responsible for the great garden massacre of 2017.
        Maybe they’ll erect a statue of you.

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  3. bob saffron
    September 5, 2017

    The AGW scam merely distracts from serious and real problems like deforestation, air and water pollution. The EU is the mortal enemy of European national sovereignty.

    I’m bitterly disappointed this otherwise fine article didn’t weave in a Jewish thread to the tableau. Cherchez le juif!


    • BMan
      September 5, 2017

      Stefanescu looks very jewy to me.


    • icareviews
      September 5, 2017

      Not every problem is Jewish. Sure, I probably could have dug around and found a couple of Jewish names involved in plotting this trade deal; but that’s ultimately irrelevant in this case, I contend. There’s no shortage of gentile politicians just looking to get rich quick and who don’t mind fucking over the environment in the process.


      • bob saffron
        September 5, 2017

        Rises to the bait.☺

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Sam J.
    September 7, 2017

    Little known fact. After the civil war the North came down to the South and strip mined just about every single tree in the South.

    No one had any money because the veterans, just about everyone, weren’t allowed to vote so Blacks ran the whole entire South like Detroit. They raised taxes massively so all the land was sold off and horribly abused. That was the reason for the Klan. I think it very likely that if the North had not stopped occupying the South there would have been a large scale guerilla war. It had already started against the Blacks and the carpet baggers. I don’t think there was much direct action against Northern troops but it was headed that way.

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