Exporting Obesity? The Link Between Trade, Diet and Health

About the webinar

Global diets are increasingly facing the dual challenge of undernourishment and obesity. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a new report calling for a reassessment of unhealthy food systems in both rich and poor countries. Both are increasingly characterized by an abundance of low nutrition, high calorie, processed foods. A recent study by Sarah Clark, Corinna Hawkes, Sophia Murphy, Karen Hansen-Kuhn and David Wallinga in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health examines the role U.S. agriculture and trade policies play in contributing to the rise in obesity, with a spotlight on Mexico. See IATP's summary fact sheet on the article at iatp.org, or read the full article. Join us for this discussion about how our global food system is driving the rapid rise in diet-related disease, and what can be done about it.

Presentations by: Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Dr. David Wallinga, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Moderated by Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Presentation Slides


Olivier De Schutter LL.M. Ph.D.

United Nations

Olivier De Schutter (LL.M., Harvard University ; Ph.D., University of Louvain (UCL)), the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008, is a Professor at the Catholic University of…

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Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Karen Hansen-Kuhn has been working on trade and economic justice since the beginning of the NAFTA debate. She has published articles on U.S. trade and agriculture policies, the impacts of U.S.…

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David Wallinga, MD

Natural Resources Defense Council

David Wallinga is a physician with more than 20 years of experience in writing, policy, and advocacy at the intersection of food, nutrition, sustainability, and public health. His current work…

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Posted April 19, 2012