Health And Globalization 's Impact On Food And People

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Health and Globalization’s Impact on Food and People Globalization has profoundly affected the movement of people, food production and dietary habits. Political instability throughout the world has negatively impacted public healthcare systems, already strained by limited funding, increased urbanization, and the emergence of new and previously eradicated diseases that are resistant to available treatments. This paper explores how increased global travel and changes in food production, distribution and consumption are interconnected, effecting health at a global level. The paper acknowledges that globalization has both positive and negative impacts on global health; and argues that opportunities to improve global health are limited by the agendas of groups such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), that put short term economic gains before long-term investment in health services and an earnest desire to raise living standards for developing nations. Global Movement Disease and international trade have been linked for centuries. Measles and smallpox traveled along the Silk Road, fourteen century trade routes spread the bubonic plague (Black Death), and a litany of diseases, first from Europe and later the African continent, killed an estimated ninety-five million Native Americans (Bettcher, Yach & Guindon, 2000; Leven Institute, n.d.). In 1851, concerns over the global spread of infectious disease and its economic impact on quarantine requirements to shipping, brought twelve
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