The Trans Pacific Partnership: Global Nutrition at Risk
Because of rapid and transformative changes in urbanization, globalization, and democratization, there have been and will continue to be dramatic changes in nearly all aspects of civil society. A global nutritional transition is part of this and to a large extent is driving a dramatic advance in trade policy. Trade agreements are now carried out by regional trade agreements (RTA) and not the World Trade Organization which offered significant protection for national policies, particularly important for developing economies. RTAs do not offer this. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) poses genuine threats to health, particularly chronic diseases and more specifically those related to food, diet, and nutrition, i.e. heart disease and diabetes. An important aspect of the TPPA is that it gives multinational corporations control of functions that are normally assumed to be part of a nation’s prerogatives. We see the TPPA as sending a message to the public health establishment to enter the trade policy debates with energy and vigor.
KeywordsGlobal trade Trade agreements Tariffs Trans Pacific Partnership
Foreign direct investment
General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs
Regional trade agreements
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
World Trade Organization
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