The contentious negotiations over the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have veered into one of the world’s most pressing health issues: fighting obesity.
A so-called ‘free trade’ agreement signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico, NAFTA entered into force in January 1994. With the deal seen by many people as benefitting the interests of multinational corporations over those of ordinary workers and the environment, U.S. president Donald Trump committed to renegotiating or withdrawing from it as one of his pre-election promises.
But by arguing in favor of limiting junk food warning labels, U.S. NATFA negotiators will only further increase the perception that their primary concern remains the interests of multinationals. In particular, with junk food containing numerous synthetic chemical additives and low levels of essential micronutrients, limiting labeling will benefit the Pharma Cartel by ensuring continued profits from the sale of drugs used to treat diseases caused by its consumption.