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Study: Free trade spreading obesity
UPI : July 27, 2009
Study: Free trade spreading obesity
An influx of U.S. junk food into Central America as part of relaxed trade rules has led to Central American obesity and related illnesses, a study said Monday.
Processed-cheese imports, for instance, have risen more than 3,000 percent, the two-university study found.
A sudden availability of processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods has created a "nutrition transition" in Central American countries, the university researchers writing the journal Globalization and Health said.
A nutrition transition happens when foods rich in vitamins, minerals and micronutrients such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are substituted by foods heavy in added sugar, saturated fat and sodium.
The trend affects developing countries importing foods from industrial countries, researchers say. These countries, struggling with malnutrition associated with hunger, now also deal with malnutrition associated with obesity.
As tariffs between the United States and Central American countries fell from 1985 to 2000, processed-cheese imports rose 3,215 percent, researchers Anne Marie Thow of the University of Sydney and Corinna Hawkes of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo said.
Processed cheese — which includes emulsifiers, extra salt, food colorings and milk plasma or whey — made up 37 percent of all cheese imports from the United States in those years, the researchers said.
French fries made up 23 percent of all imports of fruits and vegetables, they said.
See http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/5/1/5 for the report
Upcoming days of action
Oct to Nov: autumn of action against CETA in Europe incl. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Netherland, Slovenia, Spain... - details
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News from the movements
20-Oct-2016 El DiarioHoy es un día clave en la defensa de la democracia tal y como la hemos entendido hasta ahora.
20-Oct-2016 Bangkok PostAccess to affordable medicine and farmers’ control over seeds could be undermined by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership being negotiated between Asean member countries and six other trade partners, says FTA Watch in Thailand
20-Oct-2016 CEOA close look at the controversial EU-Canada trade deal shows that concerns blocking its ratification are well-founded.
19-Oct-2016 Telesur“We don’t want what happened to us to happen to the people in Dakota,” Piaguaje told teleSUR.
18-Oct-2016 Peoples WorldIn protests billed as “anti-colonial” demonstrations, Peruvians hit the streets on 12 October against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement
17-Oct-2016 No al TTIPEn el marco de una semana repleta de protestas para detener la aprobación del tratado de libre comercio entre la Unión Europea y Estados Unidos (TTIP) y la ratificación del CETA (el acuerdo de la Unión Europea con Canadá), la plataforma estatal ‘No al TTIP’ ha movilizado este sábado a miles de personas a lo largo de la geografía española y muy especialmente en la capital de España.
17-Oct-2016 Stop TTIPOver 100 law professors from across Europe have come together to send a clear message to EU decision makers demanding the investor protection mechanisms be excluded from TTIP and CETA.
17-Oct-2016 The Jakarta PostAn activist group is calling on the government to not ratify the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) clause on International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 1991, saying that it will increase global corporations’ monopolistic control over small farmers.
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