You may or may not be aware of the current negotiations between the US and EU for a wide-ranging Trade Agreement/Accord. Much data is available via a simple search on Google for instance.
Read one perspective here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-eu-free-trade-agreement-a-corporate-stitch-up-by-any-other-name/5339789
There is not the slightest doubt that when this goes ahead the floodgates will be open for a wide range of activities previously banned over here. GM/OGM crops and fracking to name but two. When US corporate lawyers become involved who knows what will happen? Even national governments may find their rulings on for instance fracking over turned and referred to private tribunals.
This is real. This is happening.