By Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence
Meals protection and sustainability are arguably an important concerns dealing with the agri-food quarter in the beginning of a brand new millennium. In an period of globalization, the place state states seem to have a diminishing position in governing those issues, the prevailing and rising energy relatives underpinning agri-food rules call for renewed scholarly consciousness. Drawing upon the services of a few of the main trendy writers in rural sociology, geography and anthropology, this booklet exhibits how globalization tactics open up a brand new regulatory politics within which ‘non-political’ types of governing play an more and more influential position in shaping agricultural creation and intake. the 1st of its style to seriously and comprehensively learn new sorts of governing and legislation, this crucial textual content explores the connection among globalization and new websites, areas and brokers of agricultural law, utilizing special case experiences in built international locations to demonstrate issues made. Demonstrating the political importance of regulatory mechanisms extending past the country, the booklet additionally discusses the results for the governing of the agri-food zone.
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In Europe, the bulk of emergency taxpayer assistance went to the largest farms. As governments that could afford farm support ran up huge relief bills, agribusinesses took the opportunity to restructure, with input and output industries consolidating: within and across their narrow sectors and (creating) alliances with other food industries to encircle farmers and consumers in a web . . from selling seeds and bioengineering animal varieties to producing the pesticides, fertilizers, veterinary pharmaceuticals and feed to grow them to transporting, slaughtering, processing and packaging the final ‘product’.
The US accounts for 70 per cent of world corn exports,7 which shape world prices, and especially those in Mexico, where prices have plummeted 70 per cent, driving waves of farmers off the land (Oxfam 2003: 17). 75 million campesinos have been dispossessed since the inception of NAFTA in 1994 (Carlsen 2003). At the same time, government deregulation has caused a threefold increase in the real price of corn tortillas, resulting in widespread food crises in both rural and urban areas (Bensinger 2003; Oxfam 2003: 19).
The ‘market’ for intellectual property, essentially, can never be deregulated because it is the law itself that gives rise to this unique form of property. Conclusion Market rule, then, depends on state intervention in some sectors just as desperately as it strives to expunge it from others. 8 This is clear from our analysis of the asymmetries of the AoA. Not only does the asymmetry in the implementation of WTO protocols discussed above promote the pricelowering regime that serves the interests of agribusiness, but it also maintains the government supports that sustain one of the most socially consequential economic sectors in four of the most politically powerful states.
AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE: GLOBALIZATION AND THE NEW POLITICS OF REGULATION (Routledge Advances in Sociology) by Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence