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By Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence

Nutrients safety and sustainability are arguably an important matters dealing with the agri-food area in the beginning of a brand new millennium. In an period of globalization, the place country states seem to have a diminishing position in governing those concerns, the present and rising energy kinfolk underpinning agri-food law call for renewed scholarly realization. Drawing upon the services of a few of the main renowned writers in rural sociology, geography and anthropology, this publication exhibits how globalization procedures open up a brand new regulatory politics during which ‘non-political’ types of governing play an more and more influential function in shaping agricultural construction and intake. the 1st of its style to seriously and comprehensively research new kinds of governing and law, this crucial textual content explores the connection among globalization and new websites, areas and brokers of agricultural law, utilizing distinctive case reviews in built international locations to demonstrate issues made. Demonstrating the political importance of regulatory mechanisms extending past the nation, the booklet additionally discusses the implications for the governing of the agri-food quarter.

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The following year, the US Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman, envisioned a ‘global agriculture [where] future agriculture policies must be market-oriented . . they must integrate agriculture into the global economy, not insulate us from it’ (quoted in IUF 2002: 4). The vision of a ‘global agriculture’ is premised on the superiority of a corporate-dominated world market for foodstuffs over domestic food systems. This premise frames the protocols of governing – in fact, when nations sign on to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), they surrender the right to pursue a national food security strategy.

To the extent that the experience of globalization is the elevation of flows (market exchanges) over spaces (state organizations), a new literature accounting for the elaboration of governing, beyond government, has appeared. Ruggie notes: ‘the process of international governance has come to be associated with the concept of international regimes, occupying an ontological space somewhere between the level of formal organizations, on the one hand, and systemic factors, on the other’ (1998: 89). The new literature, wavering between rather abstract definitions of governing and quite concrete applications, includes a special issue of the International Social Science Journal (1998) on governance.

We note that market rule does not imply a borderless world market. Rather, it involves the adoption by national governments of policies geared to realizing these substantive dimensions within a particular historic conjuncture. That conjuncture is corporate globalization in a world in which Europe and North America contain the dominant agricultural producing states. g. Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, and now China), with the potential to dwarf the productive capacity of Europe, North America and Australia, face being locked in to a regulatory system that they did little to Globalization and global governance 23 help create.

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