This subject reminded me of my first trip to an Asian country when I went to Hong Kong and China in 1986.
I fell in love with the fantastic city of Hong Kong. I called it "New York...Way East". Hopping on the Victoria Peak Tram and running on Bowen road in the morning is a lifetime memory.
Another memory was a street photographers delight; a double decker bus tour through a night time market district. The colorful signs, fresh vegetable displays and people on the street were a sight to behold. And then...at the end of the tour I looked out to see that we were stopped near a 7-11. I couldn't believe my eyes. A 7-11! What have we done!
MINNEAPOLIS – Trade liberalization policies that loosened rules to the benefit of agribusiness and food companies may be partly responsible for epidemic obesity and declining public health throughout Mexico as more low-quality, calorie-dense foods are imported from the United States, according to a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
The study notes that the increase of obesity and overweight in Mexico—a rise of 12 percent between 2000 and 2006—coincides with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The resulting increased consumption of snack foods, soft drinks, processed dairy and meat products, combined with increased foreign direct investment (FDI) of U.S. corporations all along the food supply chain—from production and processing to restaurants and retail—has changed the Mexican food environment and contributed to rising obesity rates nationwide. Read more...