Two of the biggest and enduring examples of protectionism or state interference with markets in world affairs are the food policies of the US and EU, in the EU, the example I know the best, the Common Agricultural Policy has resulted in so called "wine lakes" and "Meat Mountains" which developing, agricultural nations have argued has flooded world markets, eschewing prices and making competition or their getting a fair price for their produce impossible.
The EU has some special trade arrangements with agricultural nations which are former colonies, particularly French, under which they pay higher than market prices or provide subsidy, the US has attacked these measures as anti-market, although it is in some way an attempt on the part of the EU to ameliorate the harm caused by the CAP which they will not abandon.
Now, the supranational planning agencies like the World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund and World Bank who are one of the remaining mainstays of monetarist free market orthodoxy have prevented the developing world and emerging alliances such as the African Union from developing their own Common Agricultural or Food Security programmes while trying to dismantle those which exist in the EU or US.
There argument is that the global distribution of wealth could be adjusted through he abandonment of food security measures, there would be greater interests in peace if food trade where dependent upon it and that it is one of the only ways of preventing global mass migrations and preventing ecologically destructive industrialisation considered the only means to wealth creation and accumulation to date.
What is your view? Should something like food security be on the trade agreement table? Or is it a step too far for economics uber politics? If food security became something akin to present energy security, with its foreign resources dependency often mandating military campaigns? Wouldnt it revive the prospects of famines amid plenty like the potato famine in Ireland when grain ships left for the UK amidst a starving country?
Or are those concerns nebulous in societies where obescity has become a greater problem than starvation?