A Window of Opportunity for GMO Regulation: Achieving Food Integrity Through Cap-and-Trade Models from Climate Policy for GMO Regulation

32 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2017

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Gabriela Steier

Duquesne University - School of Law

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

GMOs are the links of our centralized food system, largely dependent on international trade. GMOs are inherently unsustainable because they reduce biodiversity, harm the environment, and empower positive feedback loops between monocultures, industrial agriculture, and biodiversity depletion, thereby jeopardizing food safety, security, and sovereignty. Conglomerates of multi-national companies, in short BigAg, shape multi-lateral food trade and flood international markets with their small array and enormous volumes of crops, while controlling large aspects of agriculture and food production world-wide. Zooming in on the trans-Atlantic dispute about GE crops, this paper uses comparative law to explore how a cap-and-trade model borrowed from climate change policy might help to decentralize the current food system, thereby potentially restoring locally-oriented agriculture and food integrity.

Keywords: food law, climate change, food integrity, food trade, agriculture, GMOs

Suggested Citation

Steier, Gabriela, A Window of Opportunity for GMO Regulation: Achieving Food Integrity Through Cap-and-Trade Models from Climate Policy for GMO Regulation (April 2017). Pace Environmental Law (PELR) Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2982222

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