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Trade and health

Trade and health © © enanuchit / FotoliaEdited by Arne Ruckert, Ashley Schram and Ronald Labonté

Globalization and Health invites you to submit to our new article collection on the health implications of trade.

Interest in the health implications and impact of liberalized trade and investment agreements has grown significantly since creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995, and the later proliferation of regional and bilateral agreements. This collection is interested in articles that span a range of health and trade issues, examining empirically and theoretically how our new regimes of economic liberalization create some benefit, but portend new risks, for global public health. The collection begins with a retrospective commentary on articles published between 2006 and 2018. The articles discussed in this commentary have also been included in the collection. New contributions to the journal will continue to be added to this series, creating a singular venue for readers interested in how trade and investment treaties are reshaping health environments, and the politics and economics that, in turn, shape the treaties themselves.

This collection is open for submissions of review articles, research, debate articles and commentaries, which would undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

  1. Content type: Review

    In late 2018 the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed a new trade agreement (most commonly referred to by its US-centric acronym, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA) to replace the 1994 No...

    Authors: Ronald Labonté, Eric Crosbie, Deborah Gleeson and Courtney McNamara

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:35

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Globalization and Health 2019 15:44

  2. Content type: Research

    A key component of ‘obesogenic environments’ is the ready availability of convenient, calorie-dense foods, in the form of hyper-palatable and relatively inexpensive ultra-processed products. Compelling evidenc...

    Authors: Fabrizio Ferretti and Michele Mariani

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:30

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  3. Content type: Research

    There has been growing interest in understanding the role of agricultural trade policies in diet and nutrition. This cross-country study examines associations between government policies on agricultural trade ...

    Authors: Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, Sebastian Vollmer, Mauricio Avendano and Kenneth Harttgen

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:21

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Globalization and Health 2019 15:28

  4. Content type: Review

    Unhealthy dietary patterns have in recent decades contributed to an endemic-level burden from non-communicable disease (NCDs) in high-income countries. In low- and middle-income countries rapid changes in diet...

    Authors: Soledad Cuevas García-Dorado, Laura Cornselsen, Richard Smith and Helen Walls

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:15

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  5. Content type: Research

    A key mechanism through which globalization has impacted health is the liberalization of trade and investment, yet relatively few studies to date have used quantitative methods to investigate the impacts of gl...

    Authors: Krycia Cowling, Anne Marie Thow and Keshia Pollack Porter

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2018 14:53

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  6. Content type: Research

    Regional trade agreements are major international policy instruments that shape macro-economic and political systems. There is widespread debate as to whether and how these agreements pose risks to public heal...

    Authors: Pepita Barlow, Martin McKee, Sanjay Basu and David Stuckler

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:13

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  7. Content type: Research

    Free trade agreements (FTAs) can affect food environments and non-communicable disease risks through altering the availability of highly-processed foods. Few studies have quantified such effects. Using a natur...

    Authors: Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Ashley Schram and Ron Labonte

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2016 12:24

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  8. Content type: Research

    Trade and investment liberalization may facilitate the spread of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages (SSCBs), products associated with increased risk factors for obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular ...

    Authors: Ashley Schram, Ronald Labonte, Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Aaron Reeves and David Stuckler

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:41

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  9. Content type: Research

    Trade and investment liberalization (trade liberalization) can promote or harm health. Undoubtedly it has contributed, although unevenly, to Asia’s social and economic development over recent decades with resu...

    Authors: Phillip Baker, Adrian Kay and Helen Walls

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:66

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  10. Content type: Commentary

    Trade poses risks and opportunities to public health nutrition. This paper discusses the potential food-related public health risks of a radical new kind of trade agreement: the Trans Pacific Partnership agree...

    Authors: Sharon Friel, Deborah Gleeson, Anne-Marie Thow, Ronald Labonte, David Stuckler, Adrian Kay and Wendy Snowdon

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:46

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  11. Content type: Research

    There is an emerging evidence base that global trade is linked with the rise of chronic disease in many low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This linkage is associated, in part, with the global diffusion o...

    Authors: Ronald Labonté, Katia S Mohindra and Raphael Lencucha

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:21

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  12. Content type: Review

    In a "nutrition transition", the consumption of foods high in fats and sweeteners is increasing throughout the developing world. The transition, implicated in the rapid rise of obesity and diet-related chronic...

    Authors: Corinna Hawkes

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2006 2:4

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