Connecting Food Policy and Chronic Disease

Connecting Food Policy and Chronic Disease

“I think if we moved more towards policies that frame access to healthy and culturally appropriate food and healthcare as a right we would see a big shift in these issues.”

In this episode, Alyshia Gálvez discusses the implications of economic and food policy on food systems. She talks about how diet-related chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are influenced by trade agreements and political forces, rather than just individual decisions. Listen to this episode to learn about what food policies need to be created to combat current issues in public health policy.

Alyshia Gálvez is a cultural and medical anthropologist. She is professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College and of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico on changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications. 

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