By Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence

Meals safety and sustainability are arguably an important matters dealing with the agri-food area at the start of a brand new millennium. In an period of globalization, the place kingdom states seem to have a diminishing function in governing those issues, the prevailing and rising strength relatives underpinning agri-food law call for renewed scholarly cognizance. Drawing upon the services of a few of the main favourite writers in rural sociology, geography and anthropology, this e-book indicates how globalization techniques open up a brand new regulatory politics within which ‘non-political’ varieties of governing play an more and more influential position in shaping agricultural creation and intake. the 1st of its type to severely and comprehensively research new different types of governing and rules, this significant textual content explores the connection among globalization and new websites, areas and brokers of agricultural legislation, utilizing targeted case reports in constructed international locations to demonstrate issues made. Demonstrating the political importance of regulatory mechanisms extending past the country, the publication additionally discusses the implications for the governing of the agri-food quarter.

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We use agricultural regulation as our case study – in particular the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s 1995 Agreement on Agriculture. While the WTO is often regarded as a global governing body, the project to liberalize agriculture is a watershed example of the dilemmas and contradictions of globalization and governing. Agriculture is associated, and often represented, as a national resource, but it has been increasingly constructed as a global economic value, via the discourse of market rule and comparative advantage.

Together, these processes have fundamentally restructured the way in which farming is practised and governed. The Keynesian welfare state which survived until the 1960s was one that had significant autonomy via its control of capital, manipulation of macroeconomic policies and national regulation. In countries such as Australia, these state-enacted measures were designed to expand exports, increase the productivity of farmers, stabilize farm incomes, and achieve economic and social equity between rural and urban dwellers.

This concentration and centralization of capital continues apace, with the industrialization of agriculture being driven by corporate capital under a mantle of neoliberal 38 Lynda Cheshire and Geoffrey Lawrence policies derived from the WTO and readily embraced by nation states (Heffernan 1999; McMichael 2003; Teubal and Rodriquez 2003).

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