Free trade and investment agreements and public health nutrition

A spotlight on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement: part four

Trade and investment agreements will become an increasingly important mechanism governing food as foreign investment increases across the food chain.

Part four of this series features Dr. Anne-Marie Thow from the University of Sydney with her talk titled: 'Free trade and investment agreements and public health nutrition'.

Trade liberalization can increase dietary diversity and can also play a role in increasing incomes and thus household access to purchased foods. However, trade liberalization can also increase availability and affordability of foods associated with obesity and non-communicable disease, which bear significant social and economic costs. Trade liberalization can also constrain governments who wish to develop nutrition policy interventions such as labelling and marketing of unhealthy foods.

Nevertheless, within this global trade liberalization agenda there is scope for countries to intervene through policy to help make the healthy food choices easy choices.

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