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Urban Food Policy Forum: Food, Trade, & Health: What are the Connections?

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

In this session, we will explore how two middle income countries, South Africa and Mexico, have responded to the changing global food system. Speakers will describe the role of global and national food industries in changing the diet and health of people in South Africa and Mexico, with a particular focus on recent rises in non-communicable diet-related diseases. They will also examine some of the ways that governments and civil society organizations have responded to the public health challenges posed by the rise of highly processed foods in South Africa and Mexico.  

In the discussion, speakers and participants will explore how changing United States and international views on the global food trade creates threats and opportunities for creating healthier food systems.


  • Alyshia Galvez is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at Lehman College and the former director of the Jaime Lucero Institute of Mexican Studies at City University of New York.  She is author of the forthcoming book, Eating NAFTA: Trade and Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico.

  • David Sanders is founder and Emeritus Professor of the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is also a founder of the People's Health Movement, a global movement that promotes health justice. For decades, he has studied the health consequences of South Africa's changing food system.  

The moderator is Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, the Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of Lethal but Legal Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health (Oxford, 2014, 2016).

Doors open at 8:45am. Panel begins promptly at 9am. Please allow additional time to check in at security desks.

THIS PANEL WILL BE LIVESTREAMED. Tune into the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy YouTube channel to watch. The permalink will be posted on our website after the event.