Access to sufficient, nutritious food is a basic human right and is necessary to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We demonstrate that international food trade, in the current global system, is essential to nutrient access and enables some poorer countries to be able to nourish up to hundreds of millions of people. Protectionist trade policies could therefore have serious negative consequences for food security.
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Wood, S.A., Smith, M.R., Fanzo, J. et al. Trade and the equitability of global food nutrient distribution. Nat Sustain 1, 34–37 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-017-0008-6
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